Intellectual Property Office or The Patent Office - responsible
for Intellectual Property
UK Intellectual Property Office or the Patent Office
note: The Patent Office is now the UK Intellectual Property Office
UK Intellectual Property Office are the official government body
responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the
United Kingdom. These rights include:
are an Executive Agency of the Department of Innovation, Universities
and Skills (DIUS). As part of the DIUS, they are responsible for
the role of IP rights in supporting innovation.
Corporate Plan sets out what they plan to do in the coming year
and their Annual Report lets you know what they have done in the
an Executive Agency of the DIUS they are directed and controlled
by corporate governance rules to ensure that they , supply public
services of the highest quality, share good ideas, control costs
and above all deliver what they are supposed to.
ensure that they act within these rules Ministers appoint independent
members to sit on a Steering Board. This Steering Board has no executive
functions; its role is to advise Ministers, through their Director
General, on the strategies that they must adopt.
Steering Board has established an Audit Committee to assist and
advise it on risk, control, governance and associated issues. The
Committee acts in a non-executive capacity.