The new Patent Office comptroller* Ian Fletcher has announced that a new Directorate under his control is to be set up. He says,
"The UK-IPO plays a vital role in the UK’s economic prosperity which is increasingly driven by the successful development and exploitation of our country’s creative and innovation capital.
The Creative Industries are a key component of the economy and one of the fastest growing sectors. This success is dependant[sic] on a modern, fit for purpose copyright framework, education and enforcement infrastructure.
Since my arrival, I have been considering how the UK-IPO should move forward to meet the challenges of globalisation and the digital age in the post Gowers world.
This has led me and the Board to conclude that a restructuring of our current policy Directorate (IPID) is required. Therefore, I have decided to divide out some of IPID’s current responsibilities and create a new separate Copyright and Enforcement Directorate with immediate effect."
The IPKat (who, for the moment, will forgive Mr Fletcher for not recognising the difference between English and American spellings) looks forward to seeing what this new beast will be tasked with doing. He also wonders what in the way of enforcement the Directorate will be doing. Will copyright infringers have to answer in future to the Intellectual Property Office as well as to collecting societies, trading standards and copyright owners?
*The IPKat prefers this to "Chief Executive", which now seems to be the preferred title. He also notes that the word "comptroller" is still mentioned many times in the UK Patents Act. If Mr Fletcher does not want to be known as the comptroller, the IPKat would like to know who does so that patent attorneys can address their letters correctly.