Protecting your intellectual property

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for IP rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. We help people get the right type of protection for their creation.

What is intellectual property?

Intellectual property (IP) is something unique that you create. Having the correct IP protection helps prevent the stealing or copying the names of your products or brands. You can also protect your inventions, the design of your products, and the things you write or make. 

Intellectual Property Office is an operating name of the Patent Office.

We have business advisors at the Growth Hub who have been trained by the Intellectual Property Office to provide IP advice. Advisors will be able to deliver an IP Assist consultation for businesses seeking support to manage their business assets. They can also signpost businesses to the best and most appropriate IP support available in the region.

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• Understand the different types of intellectual property.

• Learn what IP you may have in your business and how to avoid costly mistakes.

• Find further guidance on the different types of IP protection available to you.

• Access to IP for business events, guidance and tools.