Business expos and conferences take place tomorrow in different parts of the region: The Brighton Business Expo 2017 at Brighton Racecourse between 10:00 and 16:00 and the Reading Expo at Green Park between 09:30 and 15:00. The IPO will exhibit at both and will present a free workshop on protecting your IP at Reading between 12:00 and 12:30.
There is a popular misconception that IP is only for the big boys such as multinational companies, major research universities. Nothing could be further from the truth though it is certainly the case that big businesses and institutions make far more use of the IP system and are more able to use it to their advantage. But it is important for small businesses to protect and mark money from their investments in branding, design, technology and creativity.
If you are running, or just thinking of running, your own business, you need to learn about IP. If you are in Reading you could make a start by attending the IPO's workshop. In either venue, you would do well to visit the IPO's stand. After that, you could visit the British Library's Business and IP website as well as its UK Entrepreneur Network on Linkedin and its Facebook page. The Centre has a lot of publications on IP in print and online which you can consult at its offices in St Pancras when you are next in London. You could also attend one of the talks held at the Centre some of which are free and none of which are expensive.
You may also find articles, case notes or other materials of interest on this blog and some of the other blogs to which it is connected. You can access the others by clicking "Home" which leads to the home page of NIPC Law. There you will find a lot of articles on detailed points of IP law which would probably be of most interest to solicitors, patent and trade mark agents and other IP professionals. If you click the four-bar device in the top left-hand corner you will find menus for
NIPC Inventors Club
Domain Name Disputes
Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court
What is Intellectual Property Strategy?
in the first division;
What is a patent?
Registered Community Designs
Unregistered Community Designs
Unregistered Design Right
Rights in Performances
Duty of Confidence
Plant Breeders' Rights
Entertainment and Media
Severn-Hafren (Bristol, Cardiff and Newport Conurbation)
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