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IP Master Class for business advisors

IP Master Class for business advisors
Friday 8th December

For the first time, the course is being run in Birmingham, sponsored by Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Growth Hub. Birmingham City University, as a delivery partner for the Growth Hub, are kindly hosting the course in the Curzon Building, not far from where HS2 will arrive at the new Curzon Street Station.

The course is an opportunity to learn about intellectual property from the Intellectual Property Office experts who register and grant trade marks, designs and patents, and advise government on copyright issues.

The 2.5 day course enables helps to develop a detailed understanding of all aspects of IP and its relationship with business, culture and the economy. The advisors will also develop sound practical skills they can apply to a business environment.

Some of the topics covered includes: protecting and defending your own IP – at home and abroad; searching trade mark, design and patent registers; the role of the IP attorney and when to seek professional advice; understanding other people’s IP and how to avoid trouble.

Through training advisors, the aim will be to reach thousands of businesses in the region to ensure they can make informed decisions regarding their IP.

On day three, a Stakeholders’ Lunch will bring together the region’s shared innovation and intellectual property capability, helping universities, IP and legal professionals, insurers, OGDs and other public sector groups to connect with the advisors and one another. The aim of the network is to truly boost the environment for businesses to make the most of their IP.

Following the training, we will be launching an IP service in the Growth Hubs where advisors will be able to deliver an IP Assist consultation for businesses seeking support to manage their business assets.

The Industrial Strategy White Paper aims to drive business investment in R&D through improving the business environment. Part of this includes building local capability to commercialise IP. This is an important step towards delivering on that commitment in the West Midlands.

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