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Ex-FT boss leads copyright review
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The former editor of the Financial Times, Andrew Gowers, has been picked to lead an independent review into intellectual property rights in the UK.

This follows a government pledge to modernise copyright and other forms of intellectual property to meet the challenges of the digital age.

In the past few years, technology has made it possible to replicate almost any product anywhere in the world.

This is having a huge impact on business and the economy, experts warn.

The review will look into the way intellectual property (IP) rights are awarded, the financing of the patent system, and issues involving litigation and enforcement and "fair use" of copyrighted products by consumers.

I believe that Intellectual Property is at the heart of Britain's success in the knowledge economy
Andrew Gowers

It will also assess whether the current technical and legal IP infringement framework is secure enough to cope in the digital world.

"I believe that intellectual property is at the heart of Britain's success in the knowledge economy," Mr Gowers said.

"This review will ensure that we maintain a world-class environment for creativity, design and innovation."

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