Intellectual Property Awareness Network – IPAN
- IPAN brings together organisations and individuals drawn from business, commerce, education and the IP professions in the UK, all committed to championing the importance and understanding of IP as a vital ingredient for innovation and success of businesses, large and small.
- IPAN events, publications, and research activities aim to stimulate and extend debate about the role and value of IP protection in all its forms. We are constituted as a not-for-profit, membership organisation, independent of any sector lobbying group, and committed to the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion in all our activities.
- IPAN membership is open to organisations and individuals (including students) with an interest in helping promote understanding of the value of IP to society. It currently includes those who use IP or depend on it in their business or profession, as well as IP educators, IP experts and economists, forming a unique, independent think-tank on IP awareness matters. The diverse background and experience of the IPAN membership is its key strength and we are keen to develop this further.
News and Events
In preparation for the autumn transition to online teaching of most IP courses, the UK Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) and the US Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU), held a first, well attended (70 registrants),international Zoom workshop on July 8th to share good practice and practical tips amongst IP educators.
4iP Council has now launched the latest of its “4 Reasons 4 IP” basic guides focusing on Trademarks following its earlier guides on Patents and Copyright. The Guides have been produced in collaboration with expert groups including IPAN. They provide practical, interactive web advice that aims to help SMEs and innovative businesses understand the economic and strategic value of their intellectual property.
In early March, IPAN director and convenor of the IPAN Education Group, Professor Ruth Soetendorp, was a speaker at the 3rd IP Awareness Summit held at UC Berkeley, CA. The Summit was organised by Bruce Berman, founder of the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) an independent, non-profit organization that helps raise awareness of IP rights and how they impact people’s lives.
Network Meeting following the IPAN AGM on Thursday 21st November 2019 in the CIPA Hall. IP and related intangibles are now internationally recognised as the most valuable assets in global value chains but is their value properly understood and secured by business particularly at board level?
Given the current travel and social distancing restrictions, the IPAN board has needed to curtail the planned programme for 2020, rescheduling most events into 2021 and focusing on Zoom internet based activities.
The Group draws on the wide experience in the broad IPAN membership of how IP education (or the lack of it) affects graduate career prospects.
Establishing IP value and exploiting the economic potential of IP assets remain much of a mystery to businesses, financiers and investors. This Group is working to help get IP understood as a key asset class for business growth and economic development.