TIGA welcomes Matt Hancock speech on Intellectual Property

By January 18, 2018 Press Releases

In his speech at the Alliance for Intellectual Property reception, Matt Hancock MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, reaffirmed that intellectual property will be at the heart of any future trade deals. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said:

“And as we leave the EU we will import EU rules into UK law and then maintain and strengthen the protection of intellectual property.

“We want to go further than just maintaining the status quo.

“Brexit will provide the opportunity to strike trade deals independently with new markets.

“And I want to make it perfectly clear tonight; intellectual property will be at the heart of these discussions.

“The Government wants Free Trade Agreements to support innovation, market entry and consumer choice.

“And as we look to expand the potential of new markets, we want to ensure rewards for creators, along with support and investment for the creative industries.”

TIGA CEO, Dr Richard Wilson OBE, said:

“We are delighted to see Matt Hancock guarantee that intellectual property rights will be at the heart of any future trade deals.

“The UK is home to some of the most innovative video games companies in the world. It is only right that their creations are adequately protected through strong intellectual property rights. Intellectual property protections encourage innovation, investment and economic growth.

“We look forward to the opportunities that new trade deals and new assistance for exporters will bring. Further access to established and emerging markets will undoubtedly benefit the UK video games industry.”


About TIGA

TIGA is a not for profit network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Since 2010, TIGA has won 24 business awards and commendations, an achievement which demonstrates our drive to meet and to exceed best practice. TIGA focuses on three sets of activities:

  • political representation;
  • profile raising; and
  • business services.

This means that TIGA members’ voices are heard in the corridors of power and positively represented in the international, national, regional and trade media. TIGA’s activities also serve to enhance the competitiveness of our members by providing benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

Get in touch:

·         Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO: richard.wilson@tiga.org


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