Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Intellectual Property, has had his education priorities for IP awareness praised by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, as the Intellectual Property Bill progresses through Parliament.
The Intellectual Property Bill, which makes a wide range of provisions about Intellectual Property in the UK, recently received its second reading in Parliament last month. This was followed by a cross-party Bill Committee, which scrutinises the legislation. For more information on the Bill, click here.
Discussing Mike’s work to emphasise the importance of education with regard to Intellectual Property, Mike’s colleague the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, said in the Public Bill Committee: “Let me pay tribute to my hon. Friend’s work generally, but especially on this Bill. Let me give him my clear assurance: yes, education will be covered in the report because it is very important…he is right to press for it.”
Commenting, Mike said: “As the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Intellectual Property, I consistently emphasise the importance of education in addressing the problems of illegal downloads. Our creative industries contribute over £70bn to our economy, so it is vital that this income is protected. In the end, everyone loses out when people take something without paying for it.”