Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property


The minister is responsible for:

  • intellectual property (including copyright, trademarks, patents, design, enforcement)
  • Co-chair of PBS (Professional and Business Services) council
  • cross-cutting EU engagement with Lord Livingston – each BIS Minister will lead on EU engagement on areas within their policy brief
  • all BIS business in the Lords – excluding trade/exports and science/higher education

Previous holders of this role

  1. Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG

    • 2014 to 2015
  2. Viscount Younger of Leckie

    • 2013 to 2014
  3. The Rt Hon Lord Marland

    • 2012 to 2013
  4. Baroness Wilcox

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Cracking Ideas winner meets his cracking contraption

    • Press release
  2. Role for the EU single market in the digital economy

    • Speech
  3. Creating the best IP framework

    • Speech
  4. Specialist advisers protect £400 million of UK businesses' intellectual property

    • Press release
  5. Contribution that brands make to the UK economy

    • Speech
  6. New toolkit launched to help businesses exploit their Intellectual Property

    • Press release
  7. Managing intellectual property

    • Speech
  8. Neville-Rolfe: Students must understand the basics of intellectual property

    • Press release
  9. StudentshIP Enterprise Awards 2015

    • Speech
  10. UK government to improve protection for businesses against groundless IP threats

    • Press release