Monday 18th December
Advisors will be able to deliver an IP Assist consultation for businesses seeking support to manage their business assets. They can also signpost clients to the best and most appropriate IP support available in the region. An online toolkit on the Growth Hub website will shortly follow.
In December, 25 advisors from across the region were trained on IPO's IP Master Class course. This included those from the Growth Hubs, Enterprise Europe Network, Innovation Birmingham, BizzInn, Medilink and from the area's universities.
For the first time, the course was held in Birmingham, sponsored by Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Growth Hub. Birmingham City University, as a delivery partner for the Growth Hub, kindly hosted the course in the Curzon Building, not far from where HS2 will arrive at the new Curzon Street Station.
On day three, a Stakeholders' Lunch brought 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 help businesses to make the most of their IP. IPO and Greater Birmingham and Solhull LEP have been at the heart of bringing together this network.
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. With this network established and training delivered it has helped us take a step towards delivering on that commitment in the West Midlands.