For businesses, knowing what images and designs are protected by copyright and how to protect their inventions and brands via patents and trademarks can be a minefield. In a recent survey, 74% of businesses were unsure who owned the intellectual property rights to their website, logo, artwork and photographs.
To help fill this knowledge gap MENTA are holding an interactive seminar titled ‘Intellectual Property, What do You Own?’ in association with the Intellectual Property Office on Tuesday 14 March at The Tudor Barn Belstead, Ipswich.
Presenter, Gary Townley of The Intellectual Property Office will draw on real life examples to explain the importance of protecting a business’ copyright and designs and the pitfalls and costs, should they get it wrong.
Alex Till, CEO of MENTA said, “Most successful businesses, whatever their size are built on intangible assets such as intellectual property. Businesses create and use IP all the time, whether it is the name of their company, branded products, website or even marketing materials. The value of IP can far outweigh the value of physical assets.
“I’m extremely pleased MENTA are hosting this interactive session where delegates will be presented with a series of scenarios in which intellectual property is crucial to a business. The seminar is designed to support small business owners, their marketing staff, accountants and a variety of professional bodies.”
The event is being supported by Suffolk based, secure document storage company Box-it East. Managing Director, Claire Brooks said, “As a MENTA Patron we’re pleased to be supporting the local business community by sponsoring this informative seminar. Whatever size a business is, it owns intellectual property and at Box-it East we understand the importance of protecting the security of a business’s identity and brand.”
The seminar is being held from 9am until 1pmon Tuesday 14th March at The Tudor Barn Belstead, tickets cost £10 and booking is essential at www.menta.org.uk or by calling MENTA on 01284 760206.