The decision by the US government to create the role of a IP tsar to keep an eye on intellectual property has been heralded as a move that the UK government could learn from.
The UK organisation that defends the software industry’s intellectual property, FAST IiS welcomed the American decision and added that it had been keeping the pressure on the British government to do more to protect IP.
In a statement, John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST IiS, said that the UK system was continuing to improve but there was still a need for the government to do more.
“For the UK to continue to prosper and profit from its outstanding creativity, it also requires Government to sponsor and support the education message of respect for IP for everyone from age eight to 80. Whether in school, university or commerce, IP has to be valued by everyone,” he said.
FAST IiS has been actively using the greater powers that came into force in April last year as part of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, which came into force in April last year. Trading Standards are able to enter premises they suspect of holding counterfeit product.