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.
In the spotlight…
A brief introduction to some of the events we have planned for 2021.
As IPAN Members will be aware, IPAN’s Annual General Meeting took place online on 10 December 2020. The Chairman’s report for 2020, addressing the unexpected year and resulting move to an increased online presence, recent partnerships and events scheduled in 2021, can be accessed here.
3D printing and intellectual property: issues and solutions – 4iP Council online event. 11 February 2021. 15:00 – 16:00.
IPAN Associate 4iP Council is hosting a free educational online event which will explore 3D printing and its impact on intellectual property rights and relevant legislation. 4iP Council is hosting this event with the International Trademark Association (INTA).
The value of Standard Essential Patents and the level of licensing – 4iP Council online event. 28 January 2021. 15:00 – 16:00.
IPAN Associate 4iP Council is hosting a free educational online event which will explore whether the value of standard essential patents (SEPs) should be independent of the level of licensing in the value chain.
London entrepreneur Patience Nwodu takes special IP prize at Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network awards
London-based entrepreneur Patience Nwodu has won the Special Award for Intellectual Property in this year’s Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network awards. IPAN sponsored the IP category with a cash prize towards the GWIIN 2020 Awards.
IPAN is a proud sponsor of The Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) Awards 2020, which will take place online.
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.