New UK IP Minister appointed

12 January 2017

Yesterday (11 January 2017) the UK Government announced Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington in Bromley, and the current minister of state for universities, science, research and innovation, as the new minister for intellectual property.

He takes over from Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who left the role at the end of December to join the Treasury as commercial secretary. Baroness Neville-Rolfe spent two-and-a-half years as IP minister, most notably announcing the UK’s intention to ratify the Unified Patent Court.

Simon Rees, who is a Partner at Haseltine Lake and the President of FICPI-UK comments, "We are delighted to learn that Jo Johnson has been appointed as IP minister, particularly in view of Johnson’s existing role and experience as minister of state for universities, science, research and innovation. We are confident that he will continue the outstanding work of his predecessor, Baroness Neville-Rolfe. In my role as FICPI-UK President, I look forward to working more closely with Johnson on a range of IP matters, and no doubt the next few years will be very busy as new laws and strategy need to be developed in light of Brexit."

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