IP experts snub trademarks in high-level policy debate

Just a stone's throw from the British parliament building, a stimulating policy debate about the place of intellectual property in the UK economy occurred yesterday. However, trademark owners will be disappointed: although the distinguished panel agreed that intellectual property is key to economic and social prosperity, trademarks and brands were pushed aside. The experts on show gave only a fleeting moment's consideration for brands, which contribute £15 billion to the UK economy and employ one million people, according to the government.

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