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.

Find out more about IPAN here, becoming a member here, upcoming events here.

In the spotlight…

Fintech and IP rights online event. 20 January 2021. 18:00 – 20:00.

Fintech and IP rights online event. 20 January 2021. 18:00 – 20:00.

This event will explore the latest trends in fintech and IP rights protection. A panel of experts will be led by Alessandro Hatami, founder of Pacemakers.io and author of “Reinventing banking and finance: frameworks to navigate global fintech innovation”.

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5G networks and IP rights: winner takes all? Online panel discussion: 24 November 2020

5G networks and IP rights: winner takes all? Online panel discussion: 24 November 2020

The online panel discussion jointly sponsored by IPAN and the IET on 24 November attracted a record audience of over 220 people. The panel of experts from tech companies Nokia, Vodafone and u-blox, and from IP Law firm Percy Crow Davis, ably chaired by entrepreneur Alessandro Hatami, founder of advisory firm The Pacemakers, discussed how 5G ownership rights will likely affect access to 5G online services throughout the developed and the developing world and answered questions from online participants. More information and a link to a full recording of the discussion can be found below.

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Debrief – Corporate LiveWire Intellectual Property 2020 Round Table

Debrief – Corporate LiveWire Intellectual Property 2020 Round Table

IPAN Director Associate Professor Dr Janice Denoncourt recently had the opportunity to participate in Corporate LiveWire’s Intellectual Property 2020 Round Table, held virtually this year.

Seven international IP experts discussed the significance of recent trends in the IP landscape…

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2020 Activities for your Diary

2020 Activities for your Diary

Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, IPAN is delivering its current and planned 2021 events as webinars and Zoom based meetings. The next event is on Tues November 24th @3.00 – 4.30pm GMT: “5G mobile networks and IP rights: winner takes all?” IPAN’s major online expert discussion and Q&A in partnership with the IET. Free but early registration is essential!

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IPAN-CIPU online IP teaching workshop July 8, 2020

IPAN-CIPU online IP teaching workshop July 8, 2020

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.

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IP basics for SMEs

IP basics for SMEs

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.

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Education

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.

Business & Finance

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.

Parliamentary

This Group aims to ensure that IPAN is known to parliamentarians and businesses alike as an independent, unbiased, authoritative IP resource.