Web Guide Helps Employers Prevent IP Infringement

Employers can access free advice on avoiding workplace intellectual property (IP) infringement, following the publication of online guidance by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The Preventing Infringement of IP Rights in the Workplace guide contains advice on introducing IP policies, managing staff IP infringement and reporting IP crimes. It also includes PowerPoint slides for managers offering practical help on dealing with IP infringement. “This simple to use, free service will give a steer on everything from setting up IP policies through to how to report IP crime.” said Federation Against Software Theft general counsel Julian Heathcote Hobbins. “Business owners need to ask themselves: is your office or business being used to carry out infringing activities &nda... »

Reforms to Create More Open Intellectual Property System

Plans to reform intellectual property (IP) laws will offer small firms more protection and allow them to more easily capitalise on their IP assets, the Government has said. Following a six-month independent review into copyright and IP legislation, the Government announced it is accepting all ten recommendations for change, which could benefit the economy by up to £7.9 billion according to the report.  “The Government is focused on boosting growth and the Hargreaves review highlighted the potential to grow the UK economy,” said Business Secretary Vince Cable. “By creating a more open IP system, it will allow innovative businesses to develop new products and services, which will be able to compete fairly in the UK’s thriving markets for consumer equipment.... »

SMEs Propose Improvements to IP System

Small-business owners have been called on to propose improvements to the UK’s current intellectual property (IP) system, as part of an ongoing independent review. Professor Ian Hargreaves, who is leading the Independent Review of IP and Growth, has issued a Call for Evidence setting out in detail the questions the review will consider and seek evidence on. Key areas the review is covering include: How the current IP framework could make it easier for internet-based businesses to protect their intellectual property. Does IP form a barrier for new businesses trying to break into established markets? The cost and complexity to small businesses of accessing IP services to help them to protect and exploit their intellectual property. Talking about the IP review, Professor Hargreaves said: &ldqu... »

Intellectual Property Healthcheck Tool

Intellectual Property Healthcheck Tool

Small Business News – 3rd March 2009 Online tool helps firms protect and exploit IP Small firms can find out how to identify, protect and exploit their intellectual property (IP) following the launch of a free online tool from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The IP Healthcheck enables users to learn about the different types of IP, including trade marks, copyright works, patents, designs, design rights and confidential information. Businesses can use the interactive tool to help identify what IP they have, find out how to protect it and what they can do to earn money from it. Users must answer some basic questions on the relevant IP topic and will receive a tailored, confidential report with a recommended action plan and links to other useful information and resources. &ldquo... »