September 12, 2017

Protecting Your Ideas – are you IP savvy?

Tue 26th September 2017
09:00 – 16:00 BST

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  • Intellectual Property – IP – what is it?
  • Copyright, trademarks, design rights, patents – do you know when you need them, how to secure them, or how to benefit from them?
  • Got a new design or idea – when should you protect it and how?

This free to attend workshop for small and medium sized enterprises will answer these questions and bring to life this important topic for businesses. Using some real life case studies business experts will lead you through the process whether its copyright or patent registration you need, or just want to find out more in preparation for protecting your next great idea.

You’ll also have the chance to ask the experts with a Patent Attorney on hand to answer your individual queries and advise.

Who should attend?

Cumbria based businesses* interested in understanding the role of IP and how to manage this to create value for commercial success.


09:00 – 09.30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Welcome and introductions

09:45 – 11:00 An Introduction to Intellectual Property, Patents and Patent Processing
An overview to the different types of Intellectual Property. It will explore the commercial value within Intellectual Property and importance of freedom to operate. An introduction to patenting will cover the rights granted by a patent, the patenting process (UK and overseas), the vocabulary of patents, patenting costs, timescales and the role of the patent attorney. It will also cover some of the obligations on a patent holder, specifically the requirement to enforce patents.
Examples will be given throughout to make the session practical and meaningful.

11:00 – Refreshment break

11:15 – 12:30 Introduction to Trademarks and Copyright
This session will explore the difference between Trademarks and Copyright, the process of how you go about securing each, the costs and timelines involved and what happens if you get it wrong.

12:30 Networking lunch

13:30 – 14.15 Design Rights and IP Enforcement
Design Rights and registering them, the costs and timelines involved. IP management and enforcement.

14:15 – 15:00 Break-out Sessions
Attendees will be given the opportunity to join break-out groups, the first on Patenting, and the second on Trademarks and Design Rights. These will be an opportunity for attendees to raise any specific issues they have. Delegates will also have an opportunity (on a first come / first served basis) to book a 10 minute slot with a Patent Attorney.

15:00 – 15:15 Refreshment break

15:15 – 16.00 The Need for an IP Strategy
This session will cover why businesses should have an IP strategy, and how different types of IP can form part of it. It will cover some of the practicalities associated with this including the implications of IP in different countries and the potential tax implications.

16:00 Review and Close

Refreshments will be provided throughout and there is free parking at the Penrith Conference & Business Centre

Eco-innovation workshops: Open to small and medium sized enterprises based in Cumbria, to facilitate business innovation and commercial success. Some topics will have a focus on eco-innovation, to support innovating products or services or improving processes to deliver low carbon and environmental benefits.

Forthcoming workshops:
3rd October: Introduction to Commercialisation – Carlisle – Developing a commercial strategy & innovation models
18-19th October: Eco-innovation Residential in Ambleside – 2 day with overnight stay. Be part of a small cohort working together in response to an industry challenge with supporting workshops and speaker sessions.
9th November: The Innovation – Penrith – taking an idea and making it happen.
15th November: Financing Innovation – Workington – Financing business, finding funding and investment mechanics.
7th December: Open Eco-innovation Forum – Carlisle – an industry challenge event.
12th December: Managing your Message – Ambleside – Effective communication, inbound marketing, companies and corporate processes.

Workshop facilitators

Frank Allison from FIS360 Ltd. has a focus and track record of working with and supporting entrepreneurs at all stages of the commercialisation process.

Gordon Short from Entrepreneur Business School Ltd. (EBS) is a privately held company which delivers Guided Entrepreneurship training for innovation driven businesses.

Howard Read from Appleyard Lees is a Patent Attorney in the Electronics and Software team based in Manchester.

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We look forward to welcoming you!

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*SME based in Cumbria with less than 250 FTE employees, turnover less than 50m euros, balance sheet total less than 43m euros.