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Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying:

  • the names of your products or brands
  • your inventions
  • the design or look of your products
  • things you write, make or produce

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Why not try the IPO's Online Training Tools? These have been designed to help you:

  • Understand how IP works and what can be protected using patents, copyright, trade marks and designs.
  • Understand how to manage and use IP
  • Consider IP within business planning
  • Best leverage IP to protect investments and products

The tools are designed for businesses, business advisors, students and lecturers, although they will helpful for anyone learning how to manage or use IP...

They are free to use and once registered, you will have access to the following resources:

  • IP for Research
  • IP Tutor
  • IP Tutor Plus
  • Lambert Toolkit
  • Intellectual Asset Management Guide for Universities
  • IP Healthcheck
  • IP Equip
  • IP for Investment
  • B2B Toolkit
For more information click here.