Gowers Review of Intellectual Property

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RIN’s evidence to the Gower’s Review of Intellectual Property in 2006, calling for changes in the UK’s intellectual property regime to ensure the success of the UK research base.

The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property was set up by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in December 2005. It was led by Andrew Gowers, the former Editor of the Financial Times, supported by a secretariat of civil servants. The review reported to the Chancellor and the Secretaries of State for Trade and Industry and for Culture, Media and Sport in autumn 2006.

The RIN submitted evidence, below, along with a large number of bodies in the library and information sectors as well as RCUK on behalf of the Research Councils. Our submission argues that in order to sustain the success of the UK research base, and to enhance the UK?s innovation performance, changes in the UK?s intellectual property regime are required, particularly in the area of copyright. We focus on how copyright law needs to be amended to bring it into line with current information and communications technologies, to ensure that researchers can more readily gain access to and use the information they need in order to pursue their research.

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