The Intellectual Property Awareness Network is an independent, not for profit, inclusive membership organisation, committed to championing the importance and understanding of intellectual property (IP) of businesses, large and small. It is unique in the UK in bringing together people who are users of IP in their work from IP rich industry sectors, educationalists teaching IP awareness, IP experts and anyone who has an interest or something to contribute or who would just like to know more about IP and make connections.
First formed in 1993 on the initiative of Dr John Reid (then President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys), IPAN now focuses its activities on the Education, Business, Finance and Economics, and Parliamentary sectors. However, it does not lobby for any particular sector or IP viewpoint. As a result, IPAN is increasingly seen as an authority on IP awareness issues amongst important stakeholders.
Constituted in England, the Intellectual Property Awareness Network – IPAN, is a not for profit company, limited by guarantee, reg. no. 7693250, with charitable educational objects. It operates with minimal formality and cost. Management is through the Board of Directors which decides on membership and the meeting programme.
IPAN supports the aims of IP Inclusive and seeks to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in its membership and activities, encouraging all to contribute fully and on an equal basis. IPAN also supports the aims of the IP Pro Bono initiative which helps provide advice and legal support in IP cases for defendants and claimants who cannot afford to pay.
John Ogier is the current Chair, assisted by Stephen Jones and Nigel Worth as vice-Chairs. CIPA continues to provide active assistance, including help with IPAN meetings and some administrative support.
Download the IPAN brochure for more information.
IPAN meets regularly (usually in person at the CIPA offices in London) to hear progress with initiatives from IPAN interest groups and to discuss a contemporary IP topic after a presentation by a guest expert. Meetings are conducted with minimal formality and usually to Chatham House rule to allow open discussion and expression of opinions. They are typically attended by about 20-25 members and guests and end with general discussion and networking over a glass of wine and nibbles. Meetings are open to IPAN members and their guests (subject to available space) and to anyone interested in becoming a member.
NOTE: during the COVID-19 restriction on “in person” meetings, IPAN is concentrating its activities through internet meetings.
The IPAN membership includes varied commercial, financial, professional and academic member organisations and individuals, sharing an enthusiasm for IP and its key role in the developing “knowledge” economy. Several other organisations such as the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Brussels based 4IP-Council, are observer members. IPAN seeks to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in its membership and activities, and encourages all to contribute fully and on an equal basis.
The list of current IPAN members is shown here.
New members pay an initial joining fee and then the annual membership fee to help achieve IPAN’s educational objectives and cover operating expenses. [NOTE: The annual membership fee has been suspended for 2020 during the COVID-19 emergency.] Member organisations are largely represented by non-specialists with an interest in IP rather than by IP lawyers.
If you are interested in joining IPAN, please enquire here.