Endorsements

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, former Prime Minister “Your “Copyright Education and Awareness” paper is an excellent report. I am grateful to you for all the work you have done during your tenure as my Special Advisor on Intellectual Property”. (20th November 2014)

The Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills. ‘As this was your last contribution as the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Intellectual Property, I would like to thank you for all you have done in this role. All three of your reports have brought together the views of a diverse group of interested stakeholders and have given some clear recommendations for the future’. (6th November 2014)

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Former Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport “Mike has been a passionate and powerful advocate for intellectual property and I would like to play tribute to the role he has played as the Prime Minister’s IP adviser. He has made a whole series of thoughtful recommendations which we have has either already acted upon, or are actively considering. I’d like to thank him for all he has done.”

The Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, Former Chairman of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee “Mike has done a tremendous job in raising awareness of the importance of Intellectual Property Rights in Parliament and beyond. Thanks to his efforts real progress has been made in strengthening IP protection.”

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, former Minister for Intellectual Property “Mike has made a major contribution to the IP agenda over the past year which I, and the IPO, have greatly valued. He has linked the creative industries to Government and promoted a series of imaginative and ground-breaking initiatives. Mike leaves a valuable legacy which will help shape our work for the future.”

Carina Bailey, Trading Standards Review “Mike Weatherley ….. has risen to become the man who has shaped the course of history for intellectual property (IP) rights in the UK – and beyond. Appointed in 2013 as the first IP adviser to the Prime Minister in parliamentary history, he has written three solid reports on IP rights – with a fourth on the way. These are already influencing policy in such far flung places as Hong Kong and the US, and they inform the debate into how creators’ works are protected in the UK”. (February 2015)

Former Commander Stephen Head, City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) “Mike has been an inspirational leader in raising public and private sector awareness of the importance of IP crime. In particular Mike’s hard work and commitment has focused Government attention on the key facilitators of IP crime and been instrumental in the establishment of a credible UK deterrent that is now recognised as international best-practice and is being replicated by a many other countries around the world.

Eddy Leviten, Director General, Alliance for Intellectual Property. “You have made a significant positive difference to the perception of IP issues in Parliament, through your research work, in meeting with stakeholders’ from across business and through your Rock The House and Film The House initiatives and we thank you for all the work that you have done”. (1st December 2014 )

John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, CASBAA “I write to express our sincere thanks to you for participating in the Policy Roundtable and the CASBAA Convention 2014 (in Hong Kong).  Your experience and insight regarding Intellectual Property issues were key to our successful discussions. By the way, your reports on copyright issues proved to be “hot sellers.” All the copies we had printed (several hundred) were grabbed by participants at the Convention. (6th November 2014

Edward Lowe (reporter) – Total Politics “While he’s received widespread praise for campaigns such as ‘Rock the House’, which seeks to raise the political profile of the importance of intellectual property rights, Weatherley’s biggest achievement has been his instrumental role in making squatting a criminal offence.” (both 9th November 2012