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Business ideas and protecting your ideas


Intellectual property (IP) can help you protect your ideas and prevent other people or organisations from using them without your permission. It can also assist you in monetising a particular concept and ensures that you receive money when other organisations use it. 

There are four different types that are all applicable to different types of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright.

Navigating your way through the process of protecting your ideas, or finding out if your idea is applicable in the first place can be a complicated process which is why our resources and workshops are here to guide you through all areas of intellectual property and how you can go about protecting yourself and your business.

Resources in the Centre

To help you understand everything there is to know about business ideas and how you can protect them, we have put together a library of resources to give you all the information that you need. The Library has one of the best collections of IP information in the UK, available for free. All you need to do is come to the Library in London and gain a Reader Pass.

Read more about IP information in the Centre

We also offer a range of free workshops in the Centre from 'A beginner's guide to IP' to 'Introducing patents searching'. Please note: these sessions book up very quickly so get yourself a place before all spaces are occupied.

View our workshops and events calendar

Online resources

To give you further information, The Centre has a range of online resources to help you learn about intellectual property, including a list of useful IP websites on our business essentials wiki. We have also created a range of pdf guides for you to download for free and read at your convenience, all written by industry experts.

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Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901
Email: Reference Team

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