British IP Minister changes departments

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe has been appointed Commercial Secretary (Minister of State) at Her Majesty’s Treasury, having previously been a Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since July 2016 following the reallocation of ministerial briefs by new Prime Minister Theresa May.

She served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property from July 2014 until July 2016. From May 2015, she was also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Although Lord Prior of Brampton has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, having previously been a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, the Government’s list of ministerial appointments does not make clear whether he is taking on the IP brief, or whether Neville-Rolfe will retain the role in her new department.

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