CIPA welcomes The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury as the new Chair of IPReg

The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury has been announced as the new Chair of the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg), with effect from 7 September 2018.

Chris Smith, as he was known before being made a life peer in 2005, was Tony Blair’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between 1997 and 2001. 

He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public service holding posts on various public bodies.

Stephen Jones, President of CIPA, said: “With his long and varied career in Government and public service, including as Chair of the Advertising Standards Authority and the Environment Agency, Lord Smith brings a wealth of experience to the Board of IPReg.” 

“His enthusiasm for the role and interest in intellectual property as a positive force in the economy is evident.  CIPA looks forward to working with him in his new role.”

Read the IPReg statement on Lord Smith's appointment. 


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