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.
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.
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
What’s Intellectual Property got to do with you?
Short introduction from Durham University on intellectual property.Visit Website
Intellectual Property for business
The IPO's IP for business tools and guidance can help you create value from your ideas, turning inspiration into sustainable business success.Visit Website
GOV.UK – IP Toolkit
Intellectual property toolkit.Visit Website
IP & copyright advice for writers and artists.Visit Website
Sound and Music copyright basics
Copyright advice for composers and performers.Visit Website
UK Copyright Service
Copyright basics for composers and performers.Visit Website
Design & Artists Copyright Society.Visit Website
You may now believe you need to protect your ideas & logos. The rules on copyright, patents, registered trademarks and suchlike are complex and frightfully dull. Do as much research as you can before engaging the costly services of a patent lawyer or consultant. In principle it may seem easy enough to protect your idea but the laws governing the level of protection afforded and the speed with which it can be implemented and whether it is worldwide or merely local, frequently make it a non-viable option for the small business.
When considering protecting your ideas bear in mind the chances that your idea is unique are slim. There are 7 billion people on the planet and some of the most successful products have come about through incremental changes.