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Business Breakfast: Making money from protected knowledge: Intellectual Property could be your business’ most valuable asset

July 3, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am


8:30am Registration, networking, tea/coffee & breakfast sandwiches/pastries

9:00am Welcome by Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Innovation Birmingham   

9:05am IP presentation by Marks & Clerk    

9:50am Q&A, followed by further tea/coffee

10:30am Close

Many companies – including those in the areas of tech, cleantech and low carbon – do not give sufficient thought to protection of their intellectual property (IP), the very life-blood of the business. Without such protection, a company’s most prized assets are placed at risk and the intrinsic value of the business exposed.

In response to demand from our start-ups – as well as some more established SMEs – Innovation Birmingham is holding this event with market leaders Marks & Clerk to provide an insight into all things IP.

Key themes to be covered in the presentation are:

  • What issues start-ups and SMEs must consider in relation to IP rights
  • The commercial advantages to registering a trademark overseas
  • Why and how to licence the use of your IP to another UK trading company
  • What can be patented and how to go about it
  • Tips on strategy, timing and other considerations for CEOs
  • The perils and pitfalls of contract negotiation
  • How to get your business in shape for a sale or investment

The presentation will be delivered by:

Alan Bhimani; Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney & European Design Attorney

John Ferdinand; Registered Trade Mark Attorney, European Trade Mark Attorney & European Design Attorney

Simon Portman; Commercial contract specialist for technology companies


This is a free event, with tickets allocated on a first come first served basis. Capacity is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience.  

Location: Innovation Birmingham Campus, Faraday Wharf Conference facilities


July 3, 2013
8:30 am - 10:30 am
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