Mr. Cable: Disconnected from Digital Reality
Business Secretary Vince Cable, today set out new plans to make sure UK creativity and innovation supports growth. Speaking at The Big Innovation Centre, Dr Cable launched a range of measures that will improve services to business, strengthen enforcement, and help consumers get the most out of creative products and services.
The plans, which will involve a step change in the way the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) delivers services, include:
launching a superfast patent processing service to deliver patents in just 90 days and a faster trade marks examination service which will deliver a full examination report in five days, instead of 10;
a campaign to educate smaller businesses about getting the best value from their creativity and innovation;
action to help consumers and young people understand the importance of respect for IP and the harm counterfeiting or illegal downloading can do; and
working with key partners, such as the City of London Police, to tackle IP crime such as counterfeiting and online piracy.
Let's take a look at these in turn.