Wigan Business Expo 17 will take place at Robin Park Sports and Tennis Centre between 09:30 and 14:30 on Friday 6 Oct 2017. It is described as "one of the largest business expos in the North West" and it attracted over 1,000 visitors from across the UK last year.
One of the exhibitors will be the Intellectual Property Office. It is often said that IP is only is only for the big multinational companies and major research universities but it is just as important for small businesses to protect and mark money from their investments in branding, design, technology and creativity. If you go to Wigan Expo you could make a start by visiting the IPO's stand. You can pick up leaflets about every aspect of each type of intellectual property right.
If you want to find out more about IP, you could visit the Business and IP Centre in Liverpool or Manchester. They have far more resources online and in print. They host regular patent clinics for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys as well as talks and workshops on such matters as business planning and using social media.
There are also inventors' clubs in Manchester and Blackburn where you can attend talks and share information and experiences with other entrepreneurs and inventors.
You should also find useful information in this blog and the others with which it is associated. You may also find articles, case notes or other materials of interest on this blog and some of the other blogs to which it is connected. You can access the others by clicking "Home" which leads to the home page of NIPC Law. There you will find a lot of articles on detailed points of IP law which would probably be of most interest to solicitors, patent and trade mark agents and other IP professionals. If you click the four-bar device in the top left-hand corner you will find menus for
NIPC Inventors Club
Domain Name Disputes
Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court
What is Intellectual Property Strategy?
in the first division;
What is Intellectual Property?
What is a patent?
Registered Community Designs
Unregistered Community Designs
Unregistered Design Right
Rights in Performances
Duty of Confidence
Plant Breeders' Rights
Entertainment and Media
in the second; and "Regions" in the third:
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