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Small Businesses: Copyright

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Mike Weatherley Mike Weatherley Conservative, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned to quantify the effects of design infringement on small businesses.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

In September 2011 the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) published the results of independent research into design economics.

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/ipresearch-right-design

This added to existing evidence about the difficulties faced by small businesses seeking to protect design. Further research is now under consideration, while other work by the IPO—a 'call for evidence' on design IP, together with an online survey—will help identify potential solutions.

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