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Intellectual Property, Patents and Copyright

UoP Intellectual property clinic

At present this clinic is for the use of current UoP students or graduates with a business idea in relation to which they need to be aware of how the UK’s intellectual property regime works.

The clinic can signpost and explain how the following intellectual property laws operate:

Patents
Trademarks
Design Rights
Copyright
Passing Off
Law of Confidence


This clinic signposts the relevant laws you need to be aware of in order 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

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British Library – Protecting your business ideas

Protecting your ideas

Intellectual property is vital to the business process. Knowing how to protect your idea, whether it’s an invention or a brand name, can save you a lot of time and money. Read on to find out about patents, trademarks, copyright and registered designs.

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Licence finder

You may need a licence for:

* some business activities
* other activities, eg street parties

Use this tool to find out which licences you may need.

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IP Basics (videos)

IP BASICS - IP made easy by the Intellectual Property Office.

Great range of short videos relating to IP. Video's include:
What is Intellectual Property?
Is Intellectual Property important to my business?
Should I get a trade mark?
Should I have a registered design?
Should I license or franchise my Intellectual Property?
Should I protect my Intellectual Property overseas?
How do I avoid infringing IP in work?
Someone is using my IP
My business is a victim of IP Crime

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What’s Intellectual Property got to do with you?

Short introduction from Durham University on intellectual property.

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Gov.UK – IP Tutor

Training that teaches you the basics of IP based on your sector.

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IP Equip

IP Equip is a learning tool that will help you to recognise intellectual property (IP) rights i.e. trade marks, patents, copyright and designs

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GOV.UK – IP Toolkit

Intellectual property toolkit.

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Artquest

Copyright advice for writers and artists.

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Sound and Music copyright basics

Copyright advice for composers and performers.

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UK Copyright Service

Copyright basics for composers and performers.

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DACS

Design & Artists Copyright Society.

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Own It

Intellectual property advice for the creative sector.

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Our Advice

Intellectual property, patents and copyright can sometimes be a minefield and also very expensive but without it could cost you your business or result in costly fines.