The Alliance has been the leading voice for intellectual property since 1998:
- Promoting IP's contribution to the UK's economy, society and culture
- Campaigning for a robust, efficient legislative and regulatory regime
- Supporting strong and effective protection of IP rights
We are a vital policy partner for the Government and Opposition, being the first port of call for parliamentarians, stakeholders and third parties. We represent all of our members on a number of Government and enforcement forums, ensuring their IP concerns are heard and addressed.
Why should YOU join the Alliance?
Our experience representing the interests of members can be measured in the number of policy reforms that the Alliance has achieved, including:
- Online penalties – Bringing the maximum criminal term available for online infringement from 2 years to make it level with criminal terms available for other types of IP infringement (10 years) [Digital Economy Bill currently going through Parliament]
- Section 72 of Copyright, Designs & Patents Act – amendment to cover public performance of subscription services
- Increase in maximum sentences for copyright offences from two years to ten and improvement in seizure and forfeiture provisions was achieved via an Alliance-initiated Private Members’ Bill
- Introduction of a new criminal offence for infringement of Registered Design Rights
- Inclusion of IP crime on list of lifestyle offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)
- Inclusion of Trading Standards in POCA incentivisation scheme
- Additional £3 million funding for the City of London Police’s IP Crime Unit
- Research into the shortfalls of the impact assessments which accompanied the Government’s Copyright Consultation
- Recognition of IP crime as ‘serious’ and ‘organised’ by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and acceptance of economic loss and criminal gains due to IP theft
- Establishment of National IP Crime Strategy , IP Crime Group and creation of dedicated intelligence unit operating out of the IPO
- Implementation of Section 107A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act giving Trading Standards the duty to enforce copyright law
- Support across local authorities, Trading Standards, Government, market operators and traders, and Crimestoppers for the Real Deal campaign
The fee to join the Alliance for Intellectual Property is dependent on the size and income of the oragnisation wishing to join. If you would like to find out further information about joining the Alliance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7803 1319.