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Departmental Copyright

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff work in his Department’s Intellectual Property Rights Directorate employs; and what the Directorate’s (a) expenditure and (b) income was in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (268778)

The Defence Intellectual Property Rights (DIPR) Directorate employs 35 staff.

The expenditure and income figures for the DIPR budget are as follows:

£

Expenditure

Total income

Adjusted income

2004-05

3,090,048

1,796,596

486,373

2005-06

3,472,449

1,903,525

403,504

2006-07

3,336,586

1,845,554

456,204

2007-08

3,580,491

1,754,358

298,077

2008-09

3,491,816

1,703,865

460,747

The expenditure covers DIPR staff costs, in meeting MOD Intellectual Property (IP) project support work (national and international), and includes the costs of staff seconded from DIPR to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The expenditure also includes costs to fund IPR activities such as IPR protection (patents, trade marks, registered designs) and for meeting the legislative requirements including managing and monitoring of Classified Patent Applications.

Total income is the total payments directly into the DIPR budget, including payments from Dstl to cover the seconded staff and DIPR outgoing costs paid on behalf of Dstl. This income excludes IP income such as levies and royalties which are credited to other MOD budgets. Adjusted income is the total payments into the DIPR budget, excluding payments from Dstl.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of administering Defence Crown Copyright was in each of the last five years; and how much was received in copyright fees in each such year. (268779)

The costs of administering Defence Crown Copyright during the last five years were as follows:

£

2004-05

725,000

2005-06

736,000

2006-07

780,000

2007-08

809,000

2008-09

872,000

The external income received from licensing Defence Crown Copyright during the last five years were as follows:

£

2004-05

609,000

2005-06

899,000

2006-07

1,022,000

2007-08

1,665,000

2008-09

1,882,000