SABIP (the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy) is an independent publicly-funded body which is tasked with the role of feeding strategic advice to the British government on all manner of IP issues. These include advice as to the effect of IP enforcement costs on SMEs.
* to identify SMEs which have encountered IP enforcement issues (whether or not they have chosen to fight and regardless of whether they are right-owners or possible infringers), whom the researchers can then contact to see if they are prepared to participate by completing a questionnaire and/or doing a 30-60 minute interview.All information received by the researchers (Robert Pitkethly and Jeremy Phillips) will be anonymised.
* to put forward IP lawyers who regularly advise SMEs, to meet SABIP's commissioned researchers for a 30-60 minute interview.
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If you feel that you could be of assistance in this project, even if you're not a member of the IPLA, email Jeremy Phillips or Robert Pitkethly with the email subject line 'SMEs SABIP', no later than 25 September 2009.