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Beginner's guide to intellectual property

An understanding of intellectual property and its protection is vital for anyone with an idea, whether it’s an invention, a brand name or a song.

This session will introduce the four areas of intellectual property and help you understand which may apply to you and your business:

  • Patents
  • Trade marks
  • Registered designs
  • Copyright


There will be an opportunity to ask questions of our expert staff.

For more detail on a particular area of intellectual property, try our dedicated workshops on each of the four areas.

What our users say

''I cannot overly stress the importance of getting early impartial intellectual property advice on your invention idea, as it can be the key to its success - whether you intend to bring the invention to market yourself, license it or sell it outright (or a mixture of these).”
– Mark Sheahan, Inventor in Residence, British Library

“Clear presentation and chance to ask questions”
– Momtaz Begum-Hossain

“Interactivity of the workshop makes it interesting and informative”
– Haakon Pedersen

Event details

Who should attend? This event is open to entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators, pre-start businesses and anyone who is interested in protecting their ideas.
Place: British Library Business & IP Centre
Cost: Free
How to Book: View our events calendar and book online - Please be aware there is a 10 minute cut off time for any late attendees in order to ensure that the workshop is not disrupted for other attendees. 

Event dates

Tue 06 January 2015, 10.00 - 12.00
Thu 15 January 2015, 14.00 - 16.00
Tue 20 January 2015, 14.00 - 16.00
Tue 03 February 2015, 14.00 - 16.00
Thu 12 February 2015, 14.00 - 16.00

Related events

'Introducing patents searching' workshop

'Introducing registered designs' workshop

'Introducing trade marks' workshop

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Contact us

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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