3 April 2012
Copyright advocate Mike Weatherley MP supports Brighton & Hove start-up Creative Barcode – innovators of Intellectual Property protection for designers
Brighton & Hove innovative start-up, Creative Barcode, has won-over the support of Mike Weatherley Conservative MP for Hove & Portslade.
Creative Barcode is a digital authentication and Intellectual Property (IP) protection system for designers. It is the first innovation in the intellectual property sector for more than 3 decades, fit for the digital age.
Creative Barcode will enable Mike’s Intellectual Property (IP) interests & his support for the music, gaming, audio visual & film factions of the creative industries to expand directly into the design, innovation and visual communication fields.
L to R: Richard Wolfstrome, Creative Director, Creative Barcode, Mike Weatherley MP, Maxine Horn, CEO, Creative Barcode
Mike Weatherley states “Brighton & Hove is renowned for its creative industries. It is home to hundreds of design, games & digital development firms, who generate innovative works, create jobs and help to build upon the status of the UK as a hot bed of creativity”.
Creative Barcode has delivered an innovative and timely non-complex IP protection system that is legally robust, has the support of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) but avoids complex paperwork & legal fees.
David Cameron PM commissioned a formal review of the UK IP sector in November 2011 (Hargreaves Review). The review involved extensive consultation with creative industries representatives. It is now entering phase 2 which is designed to find solutions fit for the digital age. Solutions will focus on a balance between rights protection for Creators, inspiring innovation and consumer access to creative and cultural works.
Creative Barcode, CEO, Maxine Horn comments “it is fitting that a Brighton based team of designers and innovators developed a non-complex approach to Intellectual Property which could be utilised as part of the UK government solutions and thereby benefit the many 1000’s of UK creators operating in a worldwide market”
Mike Weatherley is a pioneering champion of intellectual property (IP) rights in the music, video, gaming and design sectors of the creative industries. His work in this area includes Rock the House launched in 2011 to raise awareness of the Intellectual Property rights of musicians & dissuade consumers from illegal downloads of pirate music. Julian Lennon has announced his support of the 2012 competition due to take place in April 2012 (www.rockthehouse2012.com). Three additional events, to be held at the House of Commons in 2012 & 2013, will cover film, DJ’s and plays.
About Creative Barcode
Launched in September 2010 Creative Barcode fulfils an unmet need for the protection and authentication of innovation concepts pre-commercialization. It is the first innovation in the IP sector for more than 3 decades fit for the digital age. Usage of Creative Barcode opens-up innovation not restricts as it reduces the vulnerability of disclosure pre-commercialisation and provides an authentication to concepts and a measureable value to innovation journeys.
And it does so in a legally robust yet non-complex way at a price point affordable to every individual Creator up to the largest company or University worldwide
Maxine Horn, CEO
Richard Wolfstrome, Creative Director
About Mike Weatherley
Mike was born in Clevedon, Somerset, in 1957. He attended Kent College, Canterbury, and then South Bank University, London, where he was awarded a BA (Hons) in Business Studies.
In 1974, Mike moved to Brighton with his parents. His first job after university was at American Express in the Bank Reconciliations Department. He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Marketer and went on become Finance Director and part-owner of Newhaven-based Cash Bases. The company was awarded two Queen’s Awards for Industry and was also Sussex Company of the Year in 1999.
In 2000, Mike was made Financial Controller of the Pete Waterman Group and in 2007 became Vice President (Europe) for the Motion Picture Licensing Company. He has used his extensive knowledge of creative industries in Parliament to support local talent and to campaign for the greater use of Brighton & Hove as a filming location. He regularly attends rock and heavy metal concerts – as far away as Brazil – and is well known for his ‘House of Rock’ show on Radio Reverb.
Mike stood as a Parliamentary Candidate in Barking in 2001 and then in Brighton Pavilion in 2005. In the interim, he served as a Councillor in Crawley from 2005-6, before being selected as Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade in 2006. He was elected in May 2010 with a majority of 1,868.
Mike is a committed community activist, and engaged in a wide range of initiatives across the city. He has undertaken a number of fundraising activities, including a marathon and the London to Brighton Bike Ride. He was an active member of Round Table as Sussex Area Chairman before serving on the National Executive. In early 2010, Mike successfully completed a 100 mile charity bike ride along the Nile in Egypt with 44 other cyclists, together raising £230,000 for Childline and Nordoff Robbins. Locally, he serves as a Patron of the Martlets Hospice and of the Sussex M.E. Society.
Creative Barcode/Mike Weatherley MP
Brighton, United Kingdom