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Wednesday, 4th January 2012

UK: IPO Assessment of the Need for Reform of the Design Intellectual Property Framework

Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK)

In May, Professor Ian Hargreaves delivered his report, "Digital Opportunity: an Independent Review of IP and Growth". Chapter 7 of that report dealt with designs. Professor Hargreaves concluded that design had a "very important contribution to make to growth". But he found that there was a lack of evidence on how well the design IP framework operated to support growth and innovation, and on how best to optimise it to best meet the needs of business.

In response we undertook to publish by the end of 2011 our assessment of whether there was a need to simplify the design IP system. So as to have evidence to inform our assessment, we launched a "Call for Evidence" and survey of business.

This document pulls together the findings of the research published at the joint Design Council / IPO Designs Workshop, giving a summary of the current state of our research and the need for more. It also records the suggestions for reform of the design IP framework that have been submitted to the Call for Evidence and survey. In the next 6 months we now need to decide, with colleagues across government, what potential reforms we would like to include in formal public consultations that we expect to launch in 2012.

+ Direct link to report (PDF; 2.9 MB)

+ Page of links to Consultation documents on proposals to change the UK's copyright system (All PDF)


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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