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Government Pledges commitment to design

David Willetts said: “Design forms an integral part of the Government’s plans for innovation and growth and it will be a prominent feature in our upcoming Research and Innovation strategy. “Good design can help business to thrive and improve public services and with...

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Hargreves report (on IP) shows potential to boosts the economy

The publication of 'Digital Opportunity' follows a six-month independent review of IP and Growth, led by Professor Ian Hargreaves. He was asked to consider how the national and international IP system can best work to promote innovation and growth. His recommendations...

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IP in Design – the penny finally drops

This will be music to the ears of small firms and, more specifically, to UK’s designers who often find themselves out on a limb. At a time when design companies need all the help they can get in fighting IP theft, we hope that the Government will act positively on...

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Small bussinesses need to do more to protect their ideas

The ‘Intellectual Property Awareness Survey of Business’ has shown that only 15 percent of small companies have ever sought advice on safeguarding their ideas. Only 11 percent of firms overall assign responsibility for managing intellectual property (IP) rights. This...

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UK Clamps down on corruption with new bribary act

This will ensure that everyone – from the multinational to the lone trader – can deal with the threat of bribery simply and effectively. Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, said: 'I have listened carefully to business representatives to ensure the Bribery Act is...

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