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Inventor advice

There are various advice and support organisations throughout the United Kingdom (UK) for inventors.

British Library Business and Intellectual Property Centre External Link

Providing information, you need to develop and market your invention.

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) External Link

CIPA offer advice on patent issues and different types of patent attorneys and advisors.

Enterprise Europe Network External Link

Get advice on starting up, finance and grants, employing people and exploiting your ideas.

Institute of Patentees and Inventors (IPI) External Link

IPI helps you to exploit your invention.

Ideas 21 External Link

Ideas 21 support inventors by holding networking meetings in London and Manchester.

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) External Link

Provides help to creative individuals, including inventors, to realise their full potential, while helping turn creativity and ideas into products and services.

Regional Patent Libraries (PATLIB)

PATLIBs were created to provide users with local access to patent, trade mark, designs and copyright information; they have qualified and experienced staff who offer practical assistance on a variety of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Searching the British Library databases External Link

Provides information about patents, trade marks, copyright and design rights, and offers guidance on how to make the best use of patent databases so you can assess whether your invention is new.