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Monday, 6 October 2008


The IPKat has just learned that Baroness Morgan, Minister for Intellectual Property and other Minor Things in the UK government, has moved to the Department for Children, Schools and Families. He wishes her the very best of luck in her new role and is sure that she will make the greatest impact where her talents are best deployed -- as indeed Lord Triesman has done on being moved from Intellectual Property to the Football Association. According to the website of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, "Further information about the new ministers and their ministerial responsibilities will be announced later this week".

The IPKat welcomes nominations from suitably qualified candidates [which, suspects Merpel, may be more than can currently be said for the Prime Minister].


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if you're having a dig at Lord Triesman ot not, but I think that by all accounts he did get a handle on ip issues during his short tenure

Anonymous said...

There's an error in your article, Kat(s). The baroness has gone but the vacancy remains.

If the economy is so important that an expert, peter mandelson has to be broguht back to look after it, why is intellectgual property so unimportant that only people who have nothing to do with it are put in charge?

David said...

Two words: deckchairs; Titanic.

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, but is there any news of the iceberg?

Seriously, would you put an arts graduate in charge of the Jet Propulsion Lab or a science graduate in charge of the London Philharmonic?

It is somewhat tiresome that government does not seem to take IP seriously enough to employ someone who is duly qualified and has a proven track record in this area of endeavour. Even if they are in good faith and try to learn as much as possible while in office, time (and consequently money) is lost. It also means that a person not trained for the task in question is more likely to leave at short notice, creating continuity problems in government policy.

Anonymous said...

IP has gone up in the world. It now has a Minister of State (rather than a mere Parliamentary Under Secretary of State). The new minister is David Lammy MP.

TJ said...

Interesting that they seem to having the same discussion accros the atlantic.


...time for me to start compiling names of those who I think are qualified to be the next Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, otherwise known as the Director of the Patent & Trademark Office. hope is that we can get someone who actually knows a thing or two about patents...

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