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…

IPAN Director Jan Denoncourt’s new publication

IPAN Director Associate Professor Janice Denoncourt’s Chapter ‘IP, intangibles and banking capital adequacy ratios’ is part of an important new publication in the field of sustainability – “Intellectual Property and Sustainable Markets”, Edward Elgar Publishing, July 2021. The publication will be of value to students and scholars of IP and environmental law, as well as policymakers, practitioners and NGOs concerned with corporate social and environmental responsibility.

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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.


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