Total Documents: 3


Without a broad text and data mining exception, the UK cannot succeed in its ambition to be an AI superpower (or even keep up with the rest of the world)

Document No: PUB 20S/22 Posted: 06 March 2023
In June of 2022, the UK Government responded to the AI and IP consultation (“Consultation”) and announced plans to implement a broad text and data mining (TDM) exception, including for commercial purposes. The response also assured that “rightsholders will still have safeguards to protect their content”. This announcement came after a lengthy and thorough engagement process via the AI and IP call for views (“Call for views”) and the subsequent Consultation. No one can accuse the government of not giving this issue careful consideration.

Why IP matters

Document No: PUB 20E/20 Posted: 01 February 2021
The term “innovation” is used to describe the process by which ideas are applied to create new or improved products or services, ways of producing them and ways of delivering them. It occurs in and across all sectors of society, from music, literature, design and film in the arts (where it is often referred to as “creation”), through more traditional industrial sectors such as the energy, construction and transportation industries, through “high tech” industries in the digital and medical sectors. The “4th industrial revolution” based on Artificial Intelligence and development of green technologies will affect and be based on innovation across all sectors. Innovation, particularly in developed economies, is key to economic growth and lies at the heart of modern life and businesses. It increases productivity, leads to market growth and creates and supports high-value jobs. It is sustained by a robust and balanced framework of intellectual property (IP) rights. Innovation can involve big breakthroughs which can have significant benefits to society, but these are comparatively rare. More often, and equally valuable, it involves smaller changes, adaptations and improvements to existing products and processes the benefits of which, when viewed in aggregate, at least match those of the breakthroughs.

Why is diversity so important and why should it matter to you?

Document No: PUB 20L/15 Posted: 04 March 2016
Diversity in the workplace has long been driven by legislation (e.g. the Equality Act) and focuses partly on visible differences between people – gender, race and disability for example. These are all very important but the true value of diversity comes from the diversity of perspective that people from different backgrounds can bring to a business.
If you have a team of people around the table who were all educated and trained in a similar way and have relatively similar backgrounds, they would likely work very well together as a team with a high degree of amity.
Their shared perspective and affinity could however mean missing out on a different angle and lead to missed opportunities to innovate or be successful in a new market or even to overlooking a risk. When a team comes together that are from different backgrounds, they are better able to challenge each other, come up with new ideas, be creative and plan for risks. This is particularly important when you consider how diverse clients can be.