IP Planning - How to protect your Intellectual Property

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IKON Academy

Three Rivers Business Centre

Felixstowe Road


IP10 0BF

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Do you think about your intellectual property (IP)? Do you understand whether you should protect your IP?

Having the right type of IP protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying the names of your products or brands, your inventions, the design or look of your products and the things you write, make or produce.

A company’s IP is often their most important asset. If used well, IP can offer a solid platform for any business to grow. So how you plan, manage and protect your ideas should be a crucial feature in your business planning and yet IP is often not considered and under-protected!

So if you’re wondering what IP is, what you own and how you could protect it come along to our workshop.

David Marshall, Director at MMP Tax, will explain why innovative companies should put IP planning at the forefront of their business strategy.

SME businesses can really benefit from understanding how IP planning can have a positive impact on their business.

The seminar will explore why businesses should take a wider view of IP and technology incentives and the positive impact they can have.


09:00 Registration, Coffee and networking

09:15 Welcome, H&S & Growth Hub 'Who are we and how can we help'*

09:30 Build your business around IP planning – David Marshall Director MMP*

  • Developing new IP – what to consider
  • IP tax strategy – how can I make it pay
  • IP protection strategy – how to avoid the pitfalls
  • Your people and their role in IP
  • Your website and supply chain – who owns the IP?

11.20 Refreshments Tea, Coffee and Biscuits

11:35 Funding for Business Innovation – Innovate UK rep – Innovate UK

12:05 Innovation funding and IP Incentives - its impacts and place in the plan

12.35 Quiz

13:05 Q & A

13:15 Networking and 1 to 1 questions with the speakers

13:30 Close

This event is 3hours 45mins of Information, Diagnostic and Brokerage (IBD*). This is equivalent to £187.50 worth of State Aid. We are able to deliver this is free of charge to you with thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

About the Presenter/Trainer: David Marshall – Managing Director, MMP Tax Ltd

David Marshall is an experienced business professional, having held C and board-level positions in many different entities and sectors. For the last 19 years, he has worked solely in the R&D Tax field having skills in both technology and the tax aspects of making successful R&D claims.

In 1996 he co-founded UK software start-up Greenwich Mean Time with a team of three others. It became a global success story in four years, achieving a channel of 2,000 partners, in excess of 100 staff and £22M in revenues. Independently rated as the fastest growing software company in the USA, David helped manage a trade sale exit in 2000 to Sempres. Appointed to the board, he assisted it to an IPO.

Prior to founding MMP, David worked as a Director of an R&D tax boutique before joining Alexis, in managing the UK division of a Tax consultancy firm.

During his career, David's roles have included: European Programme Director of a division of TYCO; Interim Vice President at Kewill Systems (listed on the London Stock Exchange); head of European business development at a subsidiary of Modine (listed on the New York Stock Exchange); and UK Sales Director of Apax-backed firm Red-M. He has managed trade sale exits, reversals and an IPO.

David holds a Masters of Business Administration, majoring in Corporate Finance, a degree in Management Studies, majoring in Finance; and a Higher National Diploma in Communications Electronics.


What You Will Need to Bring

Notebook & Pen

Any burning questions you may have for our expert

I would like to book for more than one person from my company?

Due to the popularity of these events, we are only able to allow one person per company to attend. However, please email, if you wish a colleague to attend as well and if we have cancellations we will notify you immediately in a first-come, first-served basis to offer another ticket.

How to get to the event?

Getting here by public transport can be difficult, so please contact the venue for the best advice.

The venue is on Felixstowe Road. Please be careful if you use a Sat Nav as this can try and take you onto the A14.

If coming from Ipswich you can either come past Trinity Park towards the Sainsbury at Warren's Heath and towards the Seven Hills Crematorium. The turning for Three Rivers Business centre isn't particularly signposted, but as you approach the bridge over the A14 you will see a sign on your left for Toad Hall. Turn left in front of this sign and immediately left again and this is the business park. If you go to the Seven Hills you have gone too far, go-round at the roundabout completely and come back and follow the below instructions.

If you are coming along the A14 from Bury or Colchester, take Junction 58 to Lowestoft. At the roundabout go right and take the 4th exit A1156 Felixstowe Road. As you go along this road the Seven Hills Crematorium will be on your right, carry on and you will see the bridge to cross the A14. As you go over this bridge you will see the sign for Toad Hall on your right. Turn in here and turn immediately left into the business centre.

What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available on site and is free, however, please ensure you park behind the building in front of you as you drive past the IKON Academy building to your right. Behind this building are free parking spaces, please do not park in any that have a name on the space as these are the company spaces allocated for each unit.

Do not park in front of the IKON building - Thank you.

Please contact the venue for any more questions regarding location and parking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email if you have any questions or queries.

What will be done with the information I supply?

Your information will be stored on Eventbrite according to Eventbrite terms and conditions. Upon arrival you will be required to sign in on our attendance sheet, to provide evidence of your physical attendance, state aid and feedback forms for the event, and if we are missing of the key data, such as company name, address contact number a form to collect this missing information. This will be kept on the server as evidence for our ERDF funding for the length of the contract evidence requirements. After your attendance will be stored on the secure Growth Hub CRM system. This is required in order to provide evidence of your attendance and eligibility for the course. This will be kept to the statutory dates any only accessible to Growth Programme and authorised personnel. If you request further contact from an adviser post this event they will use this information to contact you and log any future interactions, again to evidence for ERDF funding.

Your information will not be given to any third parties without your permission. However we will share your details with our trainers if you tick the sign-in box next to your signature upon signing in, so they are able to contact you should you wish them to.

Any paperwork completed by you for the course, you are welcome to have copies of upon request.

State Aid Declaration

This event is delivered, free of charge, to SMEs (SME is defined as an Enterprise with fewer than 250 employees and has either an annual balance sheet not exceeding 43mEuro or Annual Turnover not exceeding £50m) other restrictions may apply. This support is being provided as de minimis aid under EC Regulation 1407/2013 (De Minimis Aid Regulation). The value of this support has been calculated as £187.50.

Please note: This is not a request for payment; we are merely required to notify you of the value, which will be relevant if you wish to apply or have applied for any other de minimis State Aid in the future. There is a ceiling of €200,000 for all de minimis aid provided to anyone organisation over a three fiscal year period (i.e. your current fiscal year and previous two fiscal years).

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