Are you a fan of Dragons’ Den?

If, like me, you have been glued to the latest BBC series of Dragons’ Den, you may be interested to know that staff members at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) have a blog devoted to it.

After every episode, they have been commenting on any intellectual property issues spotted whether they relate to trade marks, copyright, patents or design rights.

So, if you think any of the issues featured could be useful to your business then check out the blog featured on the IPO website – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/dd2013.htm.

And good luck to anyone out there considering applying to go on the show!

Free IP app launched for small businesses

The UK Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) has this month launched an IP app designed specifically to help small business owners to better understand and make use of their intellectual property rights.

The app (named “IP for Small Business”) has been developed in collaboration with Swansea University and Intellectual Property (IP) Wales and should provide a valuable resource to any SMEs currently struggling to understand what rights are available to them.

The app gives a good overview of all the various intellectual property rights and explains in clear terms how business owners can use them to their best advantage.

Understanding what IP issues need to be considered and when can be critical to a business’ success but frequently, such issues are overlooked as an unnecessary expense. Even when such issues are considered, businesses are confronted by a bewildering array of concepts from copyright, to patents, designs and trade marks.

Any help to make this complex, yet critical, aspect of running a business easier should therefore be welcomed.

If you would like to find out more details about the content and how to download this new IP app please go to the IPO website: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/whyuse/business/business-support/business-ipapp.htm.