Copyright Conversations with the United Kingdom,
John Alty

John Alty
John Alty has served as chief executive officer and comptroller general of the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) since February 15, 2010. He is a Board-level civil servant, having begun his career with the then Department of Trade and Industry in 1978.

Alty has come to the IPO with a strong track record of handling complex and politically sensitive economic, regulatory, and business issues. He is also experienced in working as a partner and sponsor with delivery bodies to deliver better outcomes for customers.

Alty spent several years as director of European policy, and his last appointment was as director general of the Fair Markets Group in the United Kingdom’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills. He has substantial European Union and international expertise.

Alty was awarded the Order of the Bath in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2010.