A short presentation on four areas: design, patent, copyright and trademark. The presentation will briefly introduce each area, discuss how to recognize your IP and how best to protect it. This will be followed by discussion of difficulties, such as concepts and methodologies, and a Q&A session.
Intellectual Property is important to all current and future entrepreneurs, inventors and business-owners. Knowing a little bit about IP before you embark upon your entrepreneurial journey can save you a lot of time and money, and give your business the best chance of success.
Knowing how to identify your own Intellectual Property is the first challenge, but can be a lot more straightforward than you might think. Your company name, logo or strapline can all be trademarked, and all written material is copyright protected automatically. We will cover the process of searching for and registering trademarks with the IPO, and the positive and potentially negative impacts of trademarks upon your business.
Knowing how to identify and register innovation is more complex, but highly important. Patents and designs can seem, to the uninitiated, to use a language and live in a world which is entirely their own! It can be a daunting process and can also be very costly to register a patent or design, to disclose information about that design, or to infringe upon another registered patent or design. We will show you how to search international databases of patents and designs, and learn the process for filing your own. We will also discuss common mistakes that are made and how these can be overcome.
Please note that this is an information workshop only, and that Norfolk Library and Information Service cannot provide any legal advice about intellectual property. We will make every effort to provide the information needed and to refer you to alternative sources if we do not have the information ourselves.