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Patents? Trade Marks? Intellectual Property Rights. What’s it all about?

Derby based patent and trade mark attorney firm Swindell & Pearson has set up a regular intellectual property (IP) drop in session that anyone who is interested in finding out more about intellectual property rights is welcome to attend.

Swindell & Pearson is committed to helping raise awareness of the benefits of IP rights and how so many businesses are potentially missing out on protecting an asset that could account for up to 70% of a company’s value as studies often suggest. The sessions will be held at the firm’s offices on Friar Gate in Derby.

Marketing Manager Mahir Raoof commented, “After helping many of our local clients protect their valuable IP rights, a lot of them were saying to us how valuable they have found obtaining protection to have been but that they didn’t previously know where or who to turn to. Recognising the need for such a service, we have decided to run a monthly session with anyone welcome to come along regardless of their existing level of knowledge or interest in the subject. It could be that someone who is considering obtaining patent or trade mark protection for their business or just someone who wants to learn more about potential opportunities and risks to be aware of.

So far we’ve had solicitors, university lecturers, first year law students interested in finding out the intellectual property profession, owners of growing businesses, and individuals looking to set up their own companies in the future all attend.

The first few events have been really well received and we want to help the local business community gain a greater level of knowledge around the subject of IP. Hopefully we’ll be hosting them for a long time yet to help cement the fantastic reputation the East Midlands has for innovation”.