The decision by the USgovernment to create the role of a IP tsar to keep an eye on intellectualproperty has been heralded as a move that the UK government could learn from.
The UKorganisation that defends the software industry’s intellectual property, FASTIiS welcomed the American decision and added that it had been keeping thepressure on the British government to do more to protect IP.
In astatement, John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST IiS, said that the UK system wascontinuing to improve but there was still a need for the government to do more.
“For the UKto continue to prosper and profit from its outstanding creativity, it alsorequires Government to sponsor and support the education message of respect forIP for everyone from age eight to 80. Whether in school, university orcommerce, IP has to be valued by everyone,” he said.
FAST IiS has been actively using the greater powers thatcame into force in April last year as part of the Copyright, Designs andPatents Act 1988, which came into force in April last year. Trading Standardsare able to enter premises they suspect of holding counterfeit product.