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The Alliance for Intellectual Property seeks to influence decision making in Westminster on behalf of our members and to ensure that we have the best possible IP framework in place to protect our creators. We do this in a number of ways by holding regular events and meetings with MPs across all parties, Government Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Select Committees and the All-Party Parliamentary Group.

We also engage with civil servants through roundtables and training seminars, for which we can bring together the diverse range of industry voices interested in maintaining the UK's world-leading IP regime.

 

Some major campaigning successes in recent years include:

  • The establishment of British IP Day, an annual celebration of the cultural and economic contribution of intellectual property

  • The Digital Economy Act 2016, extending the maximum penalty for online copyright infringement from two to ten years

  • The establishment and continued funding of a dedicated Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)

  • Extensive action to protect and promote IP (particularly online) included in the Government's Creative Industries Sector Deal

Brexit offers opportunities as well as threats for IP in the UK. Regarding the former, our trade report details Alliance member sector exports and makes the case for IP to be front and centre of future trade negotiations. Our Brexit 'cliff-edges' paper then identifies key outstanding risks associated with our future relationship and calls for urgent consideration.

Alliance Response on Trade Negotiations Consultations (Oct 2018)

IP and Brexit: outstanding ‘cliff-edge’ risks (Mar 2018)

Portability Regulation: IPO consultation response (Jan 2018)

Trading Places: The UK's IP Future (Dec 2017)

The Alliance is engaging closely with parliamentarians and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in its nascent development of the Digital Charter, which aims to make the UK the best place to start and run a digital business and the safest place in the world to be online.

IP infringement occurs not in a bubble but often in conjunction with other internet 'harms' - the Digital Charter is a fantastic opportunity to tackle this.

A Working Group of Alliance members is developing proposals in conjunction with the DCMS team to best address the array of internet harms associated with IP.

 

A strong IP regime is as good for consumers as it is for businesses. It allows us to have confidence in quality and safety of the products we buy and services we use, while knowing that we are contributing to continued innovation and creativity. 

Consumer protection is at the heart of Alliance-backed initiatives such as Real Deal markets and our work on internet safety and platform responsibility.

The Alliance engages with EU processes where there is potential for considerable impact on our members. In October 2017 we took a delegation to Brussels to discuss Digital Single Market proposals with UKRep and MEPs on the JURI, IMCO and LIBE Committees of the European Parliament.

 

Our most recent written contributions on EU policy are:

EU copyright reform: mythbusters (Jun 2018)

Illegal content online: EU Commission response (Mar 2018)

Portability regulation: IPO consultation response (Jan 2018)

The Alliance has been engaged with the Government's Industrial Strategy since its conception and continues to do so. We are represented on the IP sub-group of the Creative Industries 'Sector Deal', published in March 2018.

See our most recent written contributions:

Industrial Strategy: IPO Call for Views response (Nov 2017)

Industrial Strategy: Green Paper response (Jan 2017)

The Alliance first established British IP Day in 2016 to celebrate the huge contribution that intellectual property makes to the UK, both culturally and economically.

 

In 2019, creators and IP-rich business owners from across the diverse industries represented by the Alliance once again descended on Parliament. There, designers, authors, musicians, brand owners, artists and publishers met their local MPs to tell the story of how crucial intellectual property is to their work and success.

See a full review of last year's activities here.