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.