The Intellectual Property Awareness Network is a unique, independent network of organisations and individuals committed to improving awareness and understanding of IP in the UK. First formed in 1993 on the initiative of Dr John Reid, then President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), IPAN now focuses its activities on the Education, Finance and Economics, and Parliamentary sectors. However, IPAN does not lobby for any particular sector or IP viewpoint.
The Network meets quarterly at the CIPA offices in London to hear progress with initiatives from IPAN interest groups and to discuss a contemporary IP topic following a presentation by a guest expert speaker. Meetings are conducted with minimal formality and to Chatham House rules to allow open discussion and expression of opinions. They are typically attended by about 20-25 representatives and end with general discussion and networking over a glass of wine and nibbles. Network meetings are announced in the Diary and are open to IPAN members, their guests and others interested in becoming an IPAN member.
IPAN is now incorporated in England as the Intellectual Property Awareness Network, a charitable, not for profit company, limited by guarantee, reg. no. 7693250, but continues to operate with minimal formality. Management is through the Board of Directors which also decides on applications for membership and usually meets before Network meetings. John Ogier is the current Chair and Mandy Haberman is the current vice-Chair. CIPA continues to provide active assistance, including help with IPAN meetings and some administrative support.
There are now around 40 varied commercial, financial, professional and academic member organisations, sharing an enthusiasm for IP and its key role in the developing “knowledge” economy. The UK Intellectual Property Office is an observer member. New members pay an initial joining fee and then the annual membership fee (both £160 during 2017) to help achieve IPAN’s educational objectives and cover operating expenses. Members are largely represented by non-specialists rather than by IP lawyers.
Please download the IPAN brochure for further information about IPAN.
If you are interested in joining IPAN, please complete the membership application form.