Interview: Pete Wishart MP on UK IP policy
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
The other members of the Group
are chair John Whittingdale, Lord Razzall, Jim Dowd and Mike
This inquiry is into IP policy in general. Is that
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
We’ve had various...
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