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Reviewed 26 January 2010

IPeuropeAware helps North West businesses achieve their goals

IPeuropAware1 is holding its next free intellectual property rights event for SMEs on Wednesday 27 January 2010 at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium.

The event aims to ensure local businesses recognise the value and importance of IP, and are aware of the help that is available to protect them. The day will focus in particular on the textiles, clothing, footwear and leather industries.

All attendees will receive a new guide; tailored to these industries is packed full of information about IP and how businesses can enforce their rights.

A new website, ‘InnovAccess’ will also be launched, providing free up to date information and support on all important IP matters for SMEs in Europe.

David Lammy, Minister of State for Intellectual Property, commented that:

"Growth, particularly in our small and medium businesses, is important for the economic future of our country, and to achieve it we need to be supporting innovation through a strong business environment.

"Today’s event provides the perfect platform to do just that: giving SMEs access to free, local and expert advice on intellectual property and how they can exploit their assets and creativity. It’s great to know that this opportunity is available to people and that they are being shown how to use their statutory rights to benefit their business, their customers and the economy."

Wednesday’s event also features presentations from the Trading Standards Agency, HM Revenue and Customs and the police.

Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

  • Why looking after your intellectual property and enforcing your rights are important.
  • What businesses should look out for when it comes to the challenges of counterfeiting.
  • What steps a business can take to limit or prevent infringements of your brands, products or service
  • Help exploring what tools and other support is available to local businesses operating in the UK and the EU

Also, the Manchester United brand protection team will present a case study of their work on protecting the famous Manchester United brand and heritage.

Throughout the day, various IP and business experts will be presenting the latest guidance and information on intellectual property, including some engaging presentations from various business support organisations. There will also be an opportunity for personalised advice.

Notes to editors

  • For more information and to register for this free event, please visit our events calendar
  • IPR Helpdesk and Innovaccess External Link1
  • The IpeuropAware is a project that brings together two important existing Europe-wide initiatives: InnovAccess, a Web portal created by the National Patent Offices to provide information on their services for the end user and IPR-Helpdesk, Helpline and training mechanism for current and potential contractors in EC-funded Framework Programme projects. These initiatives, together with further actions foreseen in the project aim to target and improve usage of and access to research, exploitation and innovation in Europe.

    The participation in this project of 20 National Patent Offices will boost the Europe-wide perspective of the project. It will provide a voice at the national level in at least 20 member states that can communicate directly with national governments, other national and regional actors, their members, individuals, businesses and the European Commission. The consortium also seeks to include new members from those countries not currently represented.
  • This event will be held on Wednesday 27 January 2010 from 09:00, at:
    Manchester United
    Sir Matt Busby Way
    Old Trafford
    Manchester
    M16 0RA
  • The Intellectual Property Office is within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and is responsible for the national framework of Intellectual Property rights, comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
  • Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages innovation and creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users, promotes strong and competitive markets and is the foundation of the knowledge based economy.
  • It operates in a national and an international environment and its work is governed by national and international law, including various international treaties relating to IP to which the United Kingdom is a party.
  • For enquiries about the Intellectual Property Office press or media activities please contact Sarah Challenger on + 44 (0)1633 814305 or Matthew Navarra on + 44 (0)1633 818313
Date of release: 26 January 2010