To ask Her Majesty's Government which department will be responsible for the proposal to register intellectual property assets with the most commercial potential, as set out in the terms of reference of the Knowledge Assets Implementation Study; and what role they expect the National Audit Office to perform in ensuring best value of the use of such assets, for both individual data subjects and UK taxpayers.
9 September 2019
The Knowledge Assets team, based in HM Treasury but supported by a range of departments, is working with strategic partners to develop an implementation strategy which is aligned with related policy and institutions across the public sector. This includes colleagues in the Office for Life Sciences, which has announced plans to establish a National Centre of Expertise within NHSX that will provide specialist commercial and legal advice to NHS organisations entering data agreements.
The implementation strategy remains in development and it is the intention to publish it later this year. It will respond to each of the ten recommendations made in the 2018 Budget report ‘Getting smart about intellectual property and other intangibles in the public sector’, including questions of future departmental responsibilities and reporting.