13th November 2014

 

 

Intellectual Property Seminar for North Herts / South Beds Businesses

The Broadway Hotel, Letchworth Garden City. 



Attendees met at the pleasant surroundings of The Broadway Hotel to hear our Neil Chambers talk about the various forms of Intellectual Property.  Our team for the day also included Anthony Burrows, who provided various snippets of additional information throughout Neil’s presentation, and Laura Chambers, who expertly hosted the Seminar and kept it running smoothly.



The morning started with registration, coffee and networking, and, even before the Seminar really started, we were all discussing the pros and cons of Intellectual Property and respective reasons for attending.



Neil started by defining registered rights and unregistered and by introducing each of the main Intellectual Property Rights (Patents, Registered and Unregistered Trade Marks, Registered and Unregistered Designs, Copyright, and Trade Secrets).  Neil discussed the importance of IP and described what each right protects.  He went on to provide various examples of items, etc. protected by IPRs, and gave the attendees the opportunity to test their just learned knowledge to try to work out what protection was applicable and, importantly, why protection was sought in real-life scenarios.



Next, we were taken through the formal requirements for obtaining the IPRs, which range from full formal Examination for Trade Marks and Patents, through a rubber-stamping process for Registered Designs, to Copyright, which subsists automatically (i.e. no form of registration required).  Neil briefly touched on strategy and general ‘housekeeping’ type advice, before briefly defining infringement of the respective IPRs.  Importantly, Neil also described various safe-harbour exceptions to infringement of the respective IPRs and Marking of products, for which one can find further details on a recent post on the website here.



The Seminar closed a little late, providing very little time for questions afterwards – but this was not surprising considering the number of questions fielded by Neil during the presentation.  Despite the number of question, the Seminar flowed well with attendees from various backgrounds discussing IP in an informal atmosphere.


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