The UK has an abundance of everything necessary for high tech industry, except cash. It is like running a car without fuel.
We are awash with advice, so no more please. Just concentrate on the cash issue.
03-01-2014 10:20:48 in Committee News by Admin
SMEIA is deeply concerned that David Cameron is prepared to follow OFGEM's lead in criticising the Power Generating and Electricity Network Operating companies for their performance in reconnecting customers after the recent storms. It may well be correct that the commercial management of these companies have some questions to answer on profitability, and on retail pricing to customers. It i...
11-11-2013 13:43:45 in Committee News by Admin
SMEIA replied to the PM on 5 November 2013 agreeing to disagree (page1, page2). However SMEIA explains why, in their opinion, the PM's office has failed its own growth policy by adopting UKIPO ill-thought-out patent policies rather than those SMEs desperately require. Further the implication to be drawn, SMEIA suggests, is that all SME input to Government via consultation, reviews and ...
11-11-2013 13:32:34 in Committee News by Admin
PM's Office letter dated 23 October 2013 insists that a study is necessary to establish if criminal sanctions are effective to deter IP infringement. This was first suggested by the UKIPO to SMEIA at a prior meeting who were able to explain that it was infeasible. But the PM's office insists that as that hasn't been done (what will the UKIPO do, try and find those that were...
19-03-2013 10:16:03 in Committee News by Admin
MPs call for a bridge over ‘valley of death’ says Chemistry World. They call for a ‘coherent’ government strategy to help businesses bridge the gap between concept and commercialisation, dubbed the ‘valley of death’. Full report here.
10-03-2013 11:20:15 in Committee News by Admin
"Patent & Trademark Office" Dear Mr Mitchell, We have received a large number of complaints about this company over the last week and understand how SMEs can be can be affected. Please be assured that we are taking this issue seriously. I am currently on a group at the IPO who are looking at these types of companies and the services they offer. We have had legal advice and have consid...
10-03-2013 10:56:01 in Committee News by Admin
UK SMEs are at the heart of innovation in many high tech industries. But, asks Julia Irvine, how can they stop big business from stealing their intellectual property Economia - the magazine for Institute of Chartered Accountants - story in the March 2013 edition
10-03-2013 10:37:53 in Committee News by Admin
UKIPO's response to the follow up from the Lord Marland meeting on Nov 22, 2012 From: Rosa WilkinsonDate: 28 January 2013 Dear John and Tim,  ...
29-11-2012 11:49:40 in Committee News by Admin
In a recent reshuffle Baroness Wilcox was replaced by Lord Marland as Minister of Intellectual Property. SMEIA requested a meeting and our Chairman was offered a breakfast session along with others who turned out to be from the FSB, BCC, Intellect, UKTI, CBI, TSB and ICA. Two officers of the UKIPO were also present (Bob Gilbert and Rosa Wilkinson). The new Minister seemed very ke...
29-11-2012 11:35:39 in Committee News by Admin
Following our evidence to the Science & Technology Committee, Iain Gray (CEO) of the Technology Strategy Board gave evidence. He and Tim chatted about the issues that both had raised with a large degree of agreement. It was suggested the two parties meet at TSB's Swindon HQ and four of the SMEIA commitee went and met Iain and Mark Glover who has primary responsibility for SME grant...
29-11-2012 11:24:59 in Committee News by Admin
The Science & Technology parliamentary Committee have been taking some verbal evidence following written submissions. Tim Crocker of SMEIA was given a chance to have our say along with the CBI. Tim covered the real issues of financing innovation and those of funding growth. He explained why the UK rarely develops large corporations out of SME innovation as most ends up gettin...
16-08-2012 18:36:57 in Committee News by Admin
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 was the day our Chairman John Mitchell, Treasurer Henry Tuck, Michael Wilcox who had burned his patent outside Westminster and web editor Sabine McNeill had our first meeting with John Hemming MP and then saw Chi Onwurah MP, the Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills. We then split to meet Jim Dowd MP, member of the Science and Technology Committee and Lord Laird...
16-08-2012 18:35:58 in Mainstream Media by Admin
02 July 2012, Financial Times article here and online original. Here's the IPKats forum that mentions the 20 countries where patent violation is a criminal offence - as in Copyright law. This is on top of the list of SMEIA's requests from HMG.
16-08-2012 18:17:46 in Mainstream Media by Admin
21 June 2012 CIPA News
16-08-2012 18:06:38 in Committee News by Admin
31 May 2012 A short Position Statement