Tony Clayton

Tony Clayton is Chief Economist of the UK Intellectual Property Office, joining in late 2009. He leads the Economics, Research and Evidence team at IPO, which over 2010/11 has commissioned and published new research including a range of projects on PRs in the Knowledge Economy, Firm level Incentives and IPRs, Copyright and digital markets, Design rights use, IP enforcement costs and University – Industry knowledge transfer. The team has made a major input to Professor Ian Hargreave’s review of the UK IP framework published in May of this year. It is now working on implementation issues, following the government’s acceptance of the recommendations, and a range of research issues summarized at Before IPO, Tony was Director, Economic Analysis, at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) where his contribution included: - leading ONS’ work on productivity, ICT, globalisation and technology impact - leading work across the EU on ICT economic impacts - new measures of software investment in the UK economy, adding £9 billion to GDP Tony joined ONS in 2001 from strategy consultancy PIMS. As director there he developed early evidence on innovation for growth and jobs in the EU’s Lisbon Strategy, and on branding as a key element in innovation. He also developed consulting analytical approaches on innovation for major international firms. His working experience covers leading projects in ICT, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, energy industries, consumer durable and non-durable marketing, as well as primary industries including minerals and steel. Tony has degrees in Physics and Economics, and has published on economics, strategy and management, service innovation, globalization, and the role of ‘intangibles’ in business growth.