The majority of eco-innovative firms own or create intellectual property (IP) in the form of trademarks, copyright, patents, database rights or registered/unregistered designs. In developing innovative environmental products and technologies, many smaller businesses are not fully aware of the opportunities to protect and exploit their IP. Knowledge of the range of protection and licensing options should complement each eco-innovator’s approach to competing effectively.

Customers and collaborators often seek clarity over the position on IP and around 10-20% of small- and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) may be involved in litigation related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Many SMEs therefore have questions, such as:

This Intellectual Property Workshop will tackle such questions through a series of practical scenarios, discussion and guidance from the Intellectual Property Office. This is based on a successful Intellectual Property Office workshop that has been delivered to SMEs, Business Link and UKTI advisors and a variety of professional bodies for more than 10 years.

Target audience

The workshop is aimed at eco-innovative companies with less than 250 employees based in the South East of England that produce low carbon, resource and water efficient products or technologies. Attendees from all roles with a basic to intermediate level of IP expertise are welcome.

Benefits of attending


Registration, Lunch and Networking
Introduction and Overview
Tim Woolman, Project Coordinator, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts
Intellectual Property - How IP can impact a businesses’ commercial development
Trade Marks, Copyright and Designs

David Hopkins, Outreach Manager, Intellectual Property Office
Tea/Coffee and Networking
Intellectual Property - How IP can impact a businesses’ commercial development
Patents, Confidentiality and Licensing In/Out

David Hopkins, Outreach Manager, Intellectual Property Office
Discussion & Q&A

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Fees & Registration

There is no charge for this event. Please download the Registration Form

Map & Directions

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Our Funders

SUSCIN has been funded by South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the South East ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013.

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