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IP & Fashion Event

British Fashion in the Global Marketplace

23 November 2018

On 13th November 2018 we held an event in Parliament to discuss IP and Fashion, organised in collaboration with the APPG for Textiles and Fashion, the APPG for Intellectual Property and Fashion Roundtable.  The discussion revolved around the risks the fashion industry faces post-Brexit, deal or no deal, and the concerns designers have in protecting their work.

The meeting was jointly chaired by Pete Wishart MP, Chair of the APPG for Intellectual Property, and Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair of the APPG for Textiles & Fashion, and featured an expert panel with the following speakers: 

  • Dids Macdonald OBE, CEO, Anti-Copying In Design

  • John Greager, Commercial Litigator and IP lawyer

  • Ahlya Fateh, Managing Director at Amanda Wakeley

  • Samuel Young, Deputy Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Creative Industries Federation


It was clear from discussions at the meeting that there is a lack of awareness about IP in the fashion industry and designers don't have a wide understanding of how to protect their IP.

There was a great deal of positive feedback at the end of the session and guests from different sectors shared their view that more support is needed to protect their creativity. 

If you are interested in reading more about the panel's views on the topic you can take a look at our full notes from the day. 

You can also discover more from the Fashion Roundtable's coverage of the event on their website.