Interview: Pete Wishart MP on UK IP policy

James Nurton, New York


The UK All-Party IP Group of MPs recently launched an inquiry into the role of government in protecting and promoting IP. James Nurton spoke to its vice-chair Pete Wishart about its aims, agenda and the risk of report overload

The inquiry follows a number of IP-related reviews in the UK, including the Gowers Review and last year's Hargreaves Review. It was announced last month and will accept submissions and hold evidence sessions before reporting before the summer.

Pete Wishart is vice-chair of the Group. He is MP for Perth and North Perthshire and a member of the Scottish National Party. For 15 years he was a member of the rock group Runrig and is a trained community worker.

The other members of the Group are chair John Whittingdale, Lord Razzall, Jim Dowd and Mike Weatherley.

This inquiry is into IP policy in general. Is that right?

We're specifically looking at how policy is evolved and determined by government, and exercised across departments in Whitehall. We want to unpick some of the issues in the current thinking about where IP is coming from in government.

We've had various...


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