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The end of SABIP

On 19 July the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced changes in order to streamline its partner organizations by reducing the number of 'Arm's Length Bodies'. This includes the dissolution of the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP).

Evidently, BIS and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport agreed with our assessment of SABIP that as constituted it was not at all “independent”, existed in practice only to provide apparent legitimacy to the previous Government's Intellectual Property policies, and that its £750,000 annual budget could be better spent elsewhere.

Its reports were vacuous, based on questionable methodology, notably light on meaningful statistics, and in the main simply pleaded for further research to be carried out. A true QUANGO, then, primarily engaged in perpetuating itself and its “work”.

Stop43 does not mourn its passing.