New IP Minister announced24 January 2018
Sam Gyimah MP has been confirmed as the new Minister with responsibility for Intellectual Property following the recent re-shuffle in the UK Government.
CITMA President Kate O’Rourke said: “At this vital time, we look forward to working closely with Sam Gyimah.
“Trade mark intensive industries contribute £650 billion to the UK’s economy annually. We recently called for clarity, collaboration and concerted action from government to protect UK business and our world-leading intellectual property sector from any impacts of Brexit.
“We continue to favour an outcome to Brexit negotiations on intellectual property which minimises the burden for business and maximises legal certainty. We set out how this could be achieved in our 2017 position paper and our recently published business case and hope to have the opportunity in the near future to present those in person to the new Minister.”
Mr Gyimah takes over from Jo Johnson MP as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation - the role which includes intellectual property. Mr Johnson is now the Minister of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for London.
An alumnus of Somerville College Oxford, Mr Gyimah was elected the Conservative MP for East Surrey in 2010. His previous role was as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice from July 2016 to January 2018.
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