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Final report

In December 2005, the Chancellor of the Exchequer asked Andrew Gowers to conduct an independent review into the UK Intellectual Property Framework. The Review was published on 6th December 2006 and can be accessed at the links below.

Intellectual Property is a critical component of our present and future success in the global economy. The UK's economic competitiveness is increasingly driven by knowledge-based industries, especially in manufacturing, science-based sectors and the creative industries.

The IP framework must create incentives for innovation, without unduly limiting access for consumers and follow-on innovators. The Review examined the instruments of Intellectual Property i.e. patents, copyright, designs and trade marks, to ensure that they are balanced, coherent and flexible, and at the operations; how IP is awarded, used, and enforced. The Review also considered the governance of IP. The terms of reference are available.

The Review sets out a number of targeted, practical recommendations to deliver a robust Intellectual Property framework fit for the digital age. The principle recommendations of the Review are aimed at:

  • tackling IP crime and ensuring that rights are well enforced;
  • reducing the costs and complexity of the system; and
  • reforming copyright law to allow individuals and institutions to use content in ways consistent with the digital age.

Final Report

Some of the documents above are available in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF). If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer you can download the software free of charge from the Adobe website. For alternative ways to read PDF documents and further information on website accessibility visit the HM Treasury accessibility page.

Research commissioned for the Gowers Review

The Review commissioned two reports to supplement its analysis. A report was commissioned from the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law to examine the economic evidence for extending the term of protection for sound recordings. A second report was commissioned from the British Screen Advisory Council to consider possible solutions to the problem of orphan works.

The Call for Evidence

The Review is extremely grateful to all those who submitted responses to the Call for Evidence held between February and April 2006. The Review received over 500 submissions, which have provided the Review team with a wealth of evidence, which will be used to inform the final recommendations.

The Call for Evidence

Responses to the Gowers Review Call for Evidence by Organisations
Responses to the Gowers Review Call for Evidence by Individuals

Some of the documents above are available in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF). If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer you can download the software free of charge from the Adobe website. For alternative ways to read PDF documents and further information on website accessibility visit the HM Treasury accessibility page.

Press

All media enquiries should be addressed to Tom Youldon at the Treasury Press Office on 0207 270 4420

Useful Links

Independent Reviews index
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