18 May 2011 - London, United Kingdom– UKIE welcomes the findings of the Independent Review into Intellectual Property (IP) and Growth, led by Professor Ian Hargreaves, which highlights the importance of IP to British businesses, jobs and economic growth. UKIE made these points in its own submission to the Independent Review, championing the video games and interactive entertainment industry as a prime example of innovation, with huge potential for continuing growth.
UKIE is also pleased to see the Review acknowledge the challenge of intellectual property theft, another issue raised in UKIE’s submission. UKIE urged the review team to focus on ensuring that those who create IP are rewarded for their endeavours and retain the incentive to continue to innovate.
Andy Payne, Chairman of UKIE, said,“UKIE argued that the current IP framework supports the development of original interactive entertainment IP in the UK and provides the right framework for the development of IP across a range of formats, including traditional boxed products, online games, and those that can be played on mobile devices. It is great to see that the Hargreaves Review has appreciated the strengths of the IP framework. UKIE believes that a strong IP framework, coupled with access to finance and the right skills base are all vital to the growth of the UK’s interactive entertainment industry.”
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The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or UKIE is a trade body that represents the whole of the UK’s video games and wider interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 (and formerly known as ELSPA), UKIE’s membership includes games publishers, developers and the academic institutions that support the industry.
UKIE works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, tax incentives and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.
One of UKIE’s key roles is to support its members by providing them with key market information, promoting careers and offering the business support services, training and best-practice knowledge to enable them to operate most effectively.
In addition, UKIE works with GfK Chart-Track to compile weekly, monthly and annual retail charts and sales reports for the UK market.