Skip to main content

Intellectual Property Office

Volume 578: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2014

My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Viscount Younger, has today made the following statement:

As an Executive agency and trading fund of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, we set targets which are agreed by Ministers and laid before Parliament. For 2014-15 our targets are:

Deliver the infrastructure and supporting regulations required for the UK’s orphan works and extended collective licensing schemes by the end of the year;

Offer faster handling of patent applications, by providing an examination report with a search report when both are requested at the application date, and meeting at least 90% of requests for an accelerated two-month turnaround for search, publication and examination;

Publish 80% of acceptable applications for national trade marks for opposition within 90 days of filing:

Ensure customer satisfaction is at least 80%;

With our partners, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the European Commission, deliver an international enforcement summit that provides an effective forum for the discussion and debate of intellectual property (IP) enforcement globally, and attracts an international audience, by summer 2014;

Reach an audience of 5 million people with messages to build respect for IP by the end of March 2015;

Reach an audience of 10,000 businesses through our online tool “IP for Business” by the end of March 2015;

Ensure 95% of our managers have completed a management development activity by the end of March 2015;

Achieve a 4% return on capital employed (ROCE);

Deliver an efficiency gain of 3.5%.

These targets reflect the purpose of the Intellectual Property Office, which is to promote innovation by providing a clear, accessible and widely understood IP system.

Corporate Priorities 2014-15



Improving licensing by delivering the Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing Schemes by the end of the year

Modernising the designs framework


Promoting UK growth through IP policy

Pursuing preparations for ratification and implementation of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court Agreement

Reforming EU Trade Mark law

Influencing continuing EU debate on the future copyright framework for Europe in line with UK interests

Delivering Global Patent Reform

Modernising our patents service


Delivering high-quality rights granting services

Modernising our technological infrastructure

Digital by Default —enhancing our digital service

Helping UK companies which are IP rich trade more internationally

Working with UK and international enforcement agencies to help reduce the flow of counterfeit goods into the UK


Enabling business to understand, use and protect their IP and educating consumers to respect others’IP rights

Supporting operational IP enforcement activities alongside our partners, including the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and Trading Standards

Delivering an international enforcement summit

Facilitating the use of IP as a financial asset

Delivering a suite of tools to encourage university lecturers to bring IP into course material and to build students understanding of IP

Developing effective leaders, managers and change managers


Improving the skills and capacity of our people

Implementing a new total reward package

Continuing to embed Lean into our culture

Implementing corporate shared services


Increasing efficiency and delivering value for money

Delivering better buying

Developing simpler ways of working