John Alty


John Alty is the Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) since February 2010. He was also acting Director General, Knowledge and Innovation at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skils (BIS) from September 2012 until February 2013.

Prior to this, John spent several years in BIS as Director, European Policy and Director General of the Fair Markets Group. John has a strong track record of handling complex and politically sensitive economic, regulatory and business issues. He also has substantial EU and international expertise, and is an experienced partner and sponsor for delivery bodies providing better service for customers.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Knowledge and Innovation

    • 2012 to 2013

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