New Government Minister for Intellectual Property
The Government has announced that Jo Johnson has been appointed as the new Minister for Intellectual Property, following Baroness Neville Rolfe’s move to the Treasury at the end of December 2016.
The appointment has been made at a critical time, as the effect that Brexit will have on the UK’s IP framework is considered in greater depth.
Following the announcement, President of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Kate O’Rourke said: “We are looking forward to working closely with Jo Johnson MP, and we would like to congratulate him on the new appointment. Collaboration when planning for challenges that lie ahead, including the UK’s exit from the European Union, will be vital. CITMA is committed to working with the IPO and other key organisations to ensure the best possible outcome from Brexit for the holders of intellectual property rights and our members. We continue to favour a scenario which minimises the burden for business and maximises legal certainty.”
Mr Johnson will continue to serve as the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.