|Retail has moved on a bit|
in recent years ...
|Can you say"bifurcation" without moving your lips ...?|
Since 2007, when the post was created, the UK has appointed no fewer than six good souls as Minister for Intellectual Property. This compares favourably with Chelsea Football Club which, under the inspirational control of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovitch, has had no fewer than nine managers. The main difference between them is that, with its constant changes at the top, Chelsea has won eight trophies, while the rotating heads at the top of the UK's IP tree have won nothing but brickbats.
“Lord Younger has taken on the IP portfolio at a crucial stage in the detailed negotiations about the European Unitary Patent and associated Patents Court,” says Chris Mercer, president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. “He will need to get to grips with a huge volume of background in very short order if he is to stand a chance of making the European IP system work better for British industry [he ain't going to do it, predicts Merpel]. We at CIPA have made the same offer as we made to the new minister’s predecessor [and he didn't do it either ...]: we stand ready to offer information and guidance, based on our close involvement with the country’s most innovative companies.”
According to Catherine Wolfe, President of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) plans to undertake many new activities, announced last month (17 December 2012) by Secretary of State Vince Cable. "This is a very exciting time especially in relation to public education and outreach", Catherine Wolfe says. “ITMA will continue to invest time and energy in offering the UK’s IP minister the benefit of our knowledge and experience in the trade mark and design sector, which is increasingly recognised as an important area of the economy.”