Introduction to Intellectual Property (IP)

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An introduction to copyright, trademarks, designs and patents, and how you can benefit from and protect the IP rights in your business.

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As you build your business, you’re creating so much! From the words in your website, to your brand name and logo, your products themselves, new inventions perhaps – even the look of your packaging. In this workshop, we’ll give a brief overview of the different types of Intellectual Property (IP) that you may be creating in your business, and the different ways in which you can protect each type. It’s never too early to start thinking about your IP, and a little planning now can help stave off problems in the future. In this 90-minute session, we’ll look at:

  • Copyright, which covers creative works – words, images etc
  • Trademarks, which protect your brand
  • Patents, which protect new inventions
  • Registered Designs, which cover the visual appearance of your products.

We’ll also look briefly at trade secrets and confidentiality.

By the end of this session, you’ll be better placed to identify the intellectual property in your business and see how you can use it as an asset. You’ll also have an overview of the different ways you can protect the IP rights in your business.

This is a Zoom webinar - details will be sent to you 24 hours before the session via email.

The session will be recorded for BIPC Devon's archive. You are free to leave your cameras on or turn them off as you prefer. There will be a chance to ask questions throughout the session, which you can do by using the Zoom chat function or your microphone.

If there is anything we can do to help you access this session more easily, please do get in touch at and we will do our best to help.

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Devon Business & IP Centre is based in Exeter and Barnstaple Libraries.The centre is part of nationwide network of Business & IP Centres that follow a program designed by the British Library, London.

Exeter and Barnstaple Libraries are part of the 50 libraries run by Libraries Unlimited South West, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Registered company number:  9822597. Registered charity number:1170092. Registered office:  Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon , EX4 3PQ.

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