Two innovative technology projects were today granted £196,000 by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) for designing solutions that will help tackle online piracy and target those who flout intellectual property laws. The projects will also help businesses better manage their digital products such as software, games and music.
whiteBULLET an intellectual property (IP) solutions company based in London, has been awarded £113,000 for designing a system which allows websites to be classified as low, medium or high risk in an IP Infringement Index. This will help users identify websites that are selling pirated goods or breaking IP law.
The University of Surrey has also been awarded £83,000 for designing a novel scheme for protecting digital media content.
Minister for Intellectual Property Lord Younger said:
The infringement of IP rights is an increasing problem for all and stifles honest business. The borderless nature of the internet also sets new enforcement challenges as websites offer access to pirated copies of films, music and software, as well as a wide range of counterfeit goods.
These projects provide creative solutions to technological problems and will assist growth in legitimate industries. I commend them on their work and look forward to seeing these projects in action.
The IPO competition is part of the Technology Strategy Board’s Small Business Research Initiative which is a programme of open competitions for ideas and new technologies.
The IPO received 19 proposals from a range of businesses and academic institutions. The independent assessors chose the two strongest applications.
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