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Protecting your ideas
Intellectual property is vital to the business process. Knowing how to protect your idea, whether it’s an invention or a brand name, can save you a lot of time and money. Read on to find out about patents, trademarks, copyright and registered designs.
Discover the difference between unregistered design right and a registered design and find the level of design registration that suits your needs as a designer
If you have created a design & it’s unique, you’ll be entitled to automatic design right. Find out more about unregistered design rights in the UK & beyond.
If you want to patent a unique idea, patent pending can be quickly obtained after submitting a patent application to the Intellectual Property Office.
Discover what you can and can’t register as a trade mark in the UK, whilst learning how to use the free web databases available to search existing trade marks.
Find out how to carry out a UK patent search using the free online databases to discover whether your ideas are unique and eligible for patent.
Learn how to operate your business within the parameters of UK copyright law, avoiding a potentially damaging copyright infringement & costly legal action
What does the Intellectual Property Act 2014 cover? Find out how it is modernising UK intellectual property law, most notably design and patent laws.
What constitutes fair dealing in UK copyright law? Discover the core areas of fair use, allowing for the lawful usage or reproduction of work without permission
Discover the key facts about UK trade mark infringement, how to deal with a trade mark violation and how to search for protected trade marks online
If you have an invention or idea, it’s important that you understand your intellectual property and how to exploit it.
Find out how to stop others from making, using or selling your invention without your permission.
Find out all you need to know about registered designs for your small business
Over £5m worth of current market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Passport and more.
Up-to-date quality information for researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.
Upcoming workshops & events
This webinar provides the ideal introduction to Lean Start-Up philosophy and practices.
One-to-one advice meetings to help you take the next big step and secure your place on the high street.
You already know a little about intellectual property, now take the next step to learn more at this workshop with the Intellectual Property Office.
Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea