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Protecting your ideas
Intellectual property is vital to the business process. Knowing how to protect your idea, whether it’s an invention or a brand name, can save you a lot of time and money. Read on to find out about patents, trademarks, copyright and registered designs.
Find out how to successfully apply for a trade mark for your business name or brand to provide long term commercial protection for your products & services
If you’re a musician, songwriter or composer, read more to discover how to copyright an original song in the UK
Discover how to find details of existing UK trade marks and the trade mark owner yourself using the search functionality within the Intellectual Property Office website
Discover how to search for existing UK patents & develop & file a UK patent application for your idea or invention
How is music copyrighted & how can one legally use a piece of copyrighted music? Click here to find out more about the key forms of legally protected music
Discover how copyright law impacts on YouTube video content & how to react to copyright infringement or copyright removal cases on YouTube.
Discover the difference between unregistered design right and a registered design and find the level of design registration that suits your needs as a designer
If you want to patent a unique idea, patent pending can be quickly obtained after submitting a patent application to the Intellectual Property Office.
Discover what you can and can’t register as a trade mark in the UK, whilst learning how to use the free web databases available to search existing trade marks.
Find out how to carry out a UK patent search using the free online databases to discover whether your ideas are unique and eligible for patent.
What does the Intellectual Property Act 2014 cover? Find out how it is modernising UK intellectual property law, most notably design and patent laws.
Discover the UK intellectual property (IP) rights available, ranging from your automatic intellectual property rights to those you have to apply for.
What constitutes fair dealing in UK copyright law? Discover the core areas of fair use, allowing for the lawful usage or reproduction of work without permission
If you have an invention or idea, it’s important that you understand your intellectual property and how to exploit it.
Find out how intellectual property protects assets that may be integral to the core services of the business and overall long-term viability.
Find out how to stop others from making, using or selling your invention without your permission.
Upcoming workshops & events
Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea.
In this practical workshop, all the key issues are covered to help you make your product idea a reality.
This session will help clarify your vision and goals, turn them into inspirational tools and improve the chances of making your idea a success.
Taking you through the process of writing a business plan.