Today (the 8th of July) marks the first ever British IP day, celebrating the immense contribution intellectual property (IP) makes to the UK’s economic, cultural and social wellbeing.

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Intellectual property is central to a variety of industries, from software to fashion to music, making authors and businesses extremely vulnerable to the theft of their IP. The Alliance for Intellectual Property (AIP) launched two initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of IP and help businesses and individuals influence policy.

Alliance IP Champion Award

The IP Champion Award aims to recognise an excellent initiative or service that helps or promotes IP. The 24 trade associations who are members of the AIP had the opportunity to nominate individuals, teams and projects for the award, whose winner will be announced today. Long-term impact, innovation in approach, the scale of the project and the context of enforcement work are among the factors considered in selecting the best candidate.

Meet your MP

As part of the celebration, AIP is also encouraging people to talk to their MP about why their industry and creativity matters and how MPs can support IP in the future. As Pete Wishart MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Intellectual Property MP said, “It’s vital that MPs from across the political spectrum understand the importance of intellectual property and how it drives economic growth and jobs in every constituency across the country. I encourage anyone with an interest in the promotion and protection of IP to come and visit their MP on the 5th July to make their case.”

The day will end with AIP’s annual Summer Reception on the House of Commons Terrace.

Don’t forget to find out more information about British IP Day by visiting the Alliance for IP’s website and Twitter feed (@AllianceIP), or by following the hashtag #BritishIPDay!