Introducing IP to Freerange Artists in Carlisle

On 12 Dec 2011 I mentioned Freerange Artists of Carlisle ("Freerange: Creative Industries in Carlisle"). Yesterday, patent attorney Tom Hutchinson, Glasgow solicitor David Flint and  I paid them a visit and we were very impressed.

The reason for our visit was that we had been invited to present a seminar on IP.   This was very much like the one Tom, Michael Sandys and I gave to Manchester FabLab on 12 Oct 2011 ("FabLab Manchester: Introduction to Intellectual Property"). Freerange has got much of the equipment to be found in a FabLab and its director, Hannah Stewart, told me that it plans to open Carlisle's FabLab in the very near future. As Carlisle could soon be the Tijuana of England we decided it would be good to hear from a Scottish IP lawyer.

David did not disappoint. "What is the significance of 2012 for the people of Carlisle?" he began.  Everyone looked blank. Olympics? A sore topic in the North West as every right thinking person in Britain knows, they should have come to Manchester. Queen's Diamond Jubilee?  None of those.  "It is the 900th anniversary of the cession of Cumbria to England and the First Minister of Scotland has not forgotten you."  After we had recovered from this Caledonian irredentism  - which we hope was a joke - David took us through assignations, interdicts and productions with even more ease than the advocates pace Parliament House in Edinburgh.

Tom, as usual was excellent.   He gave us some good down to earth practical advice in "Practical Intellectual Property". As there had been some overlap between my introduction and Tom's last time I rewrote my "Introduction to IP" and prepared a handout,  I also listed some useful websites,
We had a very good audience representing some very interesting businesses ranging from photo booth hire to web design.  In particular, there were a lot of photographers who were keen to debate Judge Birss QC's decision in Temple Island.   Several had read my article "Copyright in Photographs: Temple Island Collections and Creation Records" IP.IT Update 15 Jan 2012 which has gone viral.

We hope this will be the first of many fruitful contacts with Freerange. Our next big event will be World IP Day on 26 April 2012. We hope to set up a regular IP clinic and inventors club and all sorts of forums in the centre,   Should anyone wish to discuss these projects, please call me on 0800 862 0055 or complete my contact form. You can also contact me through twitter,Facebook, Linkedin or Xing,


David Flint said…
It was a great session with lots of interaction from a very creative audience. I hoipe to do it again with Jane & Tom on a future occasion. Before my Pedant friends pull me up, the anniversary is in fact the 920th anniversary of the loss of Carlisle and we have Rufus, the son of William the Conqueror, to thank for that!