World IP Day (sort of), as recorded by the design community
This blogger was pretty much off-colour last Friday with the result that all of his good World Intellectual Property Day resolutions came to nought, including keeping up with topical blogposts.  Inevitably he received many interesting items of email on that day, not least of which was the following media release from ACID, kindly penned by Jane Banyai. Now back in better health, this blogger has decided to post it in full, partly because it's a shame to waste it and partly for today's red-hot news -- which you can find in the bold red bit in the middle:
IT’S WORLD IP DAY TODAY 26 April 2013!

The Next Generation – Creators: What is the future?

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)  holds an annual global initiative to celebrate intellectual property. This year the theme is “The Next Generation – Creators: What is the future”.

On 24 April IPAN celebrated its World IP Day with a high profile event at the House of Commons hosted by Pete Wishart, MP, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group and the theme was, “How clear IP rights for innovation and brands help export-led growth.” An impressive line-up of speakers included the IPO’s CEO John Alty, who ably stood in for the Minister for Intellectual Property who had to cancel at short notice. John outlined the IPO’s corporate strategy for 2013/14. He was joined by FT Columnist, former Chairman of Channel 4 and now Chairman of Capital Risk Partners, Luke Johnson, whose article in yesterday’s Daily Mail slated Google as a gigantic parasite. They were joined by the much applauded new designer on the block, award winning Lee Broom (ACID member) and his partner Charles Rudgard who gave an impressive speech to key influencers on the IP infringement challenges facing original designers and SME’s and the difficulties in cost, time and energy in fighting battles. They also touched on the scale of the perpetrators who appeared to produce the “remarkably similar copies” of their original designs.

Design and IP is a classic example where establishing clear policy has been neglected for 2 decades, according to Professor Ian Hargreaves. So, it could not be a more propitious time for Government and policy makers to take stock of the value that design brings to the UK, not least its £33.5 billion contribution. Let’s hope that after 18 years of ACID campaigning, Government will, in its announcement due next week, confirm the introduction of "criminal sanctions for persistent design infringement to have parity with copyright  [para.87 of today's government response paper says: "The Government intends to introduce a criminal offence which identifies the copying (rather than infringement) of a registered design in the course of business, knowing or having reason to believe that it is registered. The offence will have certain defences attached to it, for example, to reflect reasonable belief on the part of the potential infringer that the design in question was invalid].  The fact that the UK is actually rather good at design resonates in that it is one of the few growth sectors. Ranked highly in the world, the incredible UK design army of 350,000, need to be recognised, not only in the traditional areas of design, but as leaders in socially responsible and environmentally sustainable innovation. 
So what actually is the future for this next generation of growth creators, how high profile is IP in this country and does the UK Government ‘get it’ and take it seriously enough?  Laudably, the USA has long put IP high on its list of national priorities.
The UK’s unique selling point is that we are the only country in the world to have an IP Minister [It might be a selling point, but who's buying? Other countries seem to manage better without one, and the US has a far better concept with its IP Enforcement Coordinator] and so ACID’s message to Viscount Younger is, “Pick up the mantle as IP champion for the UK, where others have failed, and communicate IP’s positive message across all Government departments about the value it brings to the UK economy, society and culture. Ensure, also, that this becomes a consistent global message about the UK’s importance as leading exporters of IP”
Dids Macdonald, ACID’s CEO said, “That wouldn’t be a bad start to support the next generation of creators”
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