Navigating IP for start-ups: a live IP audit with a fictional company

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In our live intellectual property audit, we’ll walk through the IP discovery and capture process, useful to any start-up that innovates.

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At the heart of most start-up companies is a great idea, which is often the company’s most valuable asset. But without the protection of a patent or trade mark, those assets are vulnerable.

But what, exactly, can be protected by a trade mark or patent? Understanding and identifying IP can be challenging, but securing IP can be crucial for early-stage businesses looking for funding.

In this virtual event, Appleyard Lees patent attorney Paul Beynon and trade mark attorney Olivia Hamilton will run a mock IP audit, with partner Richard Bray playing the part of a start-up client.

Our fictional start-up company has promising tech and is building a distinctive brand. Its owner is navigating the issues that real-life start-ups face, every day.

Our discussion will include:

Identifying protectable IP | Obtaining patents or trademarks, or registering designs | Common myths and misconceptions about IP | The value of IP | Other legal considerations

Please sign-up for the event in the normal way if you cannot attend but would like to receive a recording post-webinar.

Please note, this event is free to attend but places are limited. Sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.

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With over fifty patent and trademark attorneys and litigators, Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm. Who we are and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive. We offer broad sector, industry and commercial knowledge, enabling us to respond to specific client requirements. Follow us on Twitter (@Appleyardlees) or LinkedIn, or visit for our latest insights released regularly.

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