Tuesday 28th September
Many businesses own intellectual property but don't realise it. It's not only about patents for complex inventions.
What counts as intellectual property?
Intellectual property is something that you create using your mind - for example, a story, an invention, an artistic work or a symbol.
Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying:
- the names of your products or brands
- your inventions
- the design or look of your products
- things you write, make or produce
Copyright, patents, designs and trade marks are all types of intellectual property protection. You get some types of protection automatically, others you have to apply for.
Owning intellectual property
You own intellectual property if you:
- created it (and it meets the requirements for copyright, a patent or a design)
- bought intellectual property rights from the creator or a previous owner
- have a brand that could be a trade mark, for example, a well-known product name
Intellectual property can:
- have more than one owner
- belong to people or businesses
- be sold or transferred
Intellectual property rights allow you to make money from the intellectual property you own.
Upcoming free events where you can find out more
We are running a series of events in the coming weeks, aimed at businesses of all sizes and at all stages of development.
Grants, funding and support for SME innovators: https://www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk/events/grants-funding-and-support-for-sme-innovators
- 14 October, 11am
- For innovators, inventors and early stage businesses
Understanding intellectual property and protecting your assets: https://www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk/events/understanding-intellectual-property-and-protecting-your-assets
- 21 October, 11am
- For more established businesses
Sign up for one of the events above to learn more on this topic from a team of experts. You can also get help from the Growth Hub's specialist advisers. Please contact the team to see how we can support you.