Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Great news from PATLIB Bristol - IP Clinics 2009

The following announcement is due to appear on the ideas21 website and in the ideas21 and IPO newsletters with full details of the events to appear on the Bristol Central Library website : -

ideas21 is delighted to announce that we are expanding our free Intellectual Property Clinics in the New Year with advice sessions now to be held monthly at the Bristol Central Library. It is important that individuals and small businesses developing innovative products can protect themselves from copyists and imitators. Intellectual Property rights, such as patents, trade marks and registered designs, can provide this protection.

ideas21 member, Lewis Hands, principal attorney at Handsome IP, has kindly offered his services in running these sessions for us. Lewis is a registered European Patent Attorney, a Chartered UK Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark and Design Attorney. He is a member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office and a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

These clinics are supported by the PATLIB Bristol at Bristol Central Library and as part of the Our City Ambitious together theme supporting the growth of an enterprise culture and the UK IPO.

The first session is to be held on Tuesday, 20th January 2009.

Posting made by Maria Lampert (Chair) on behalf of Dawn Dare PATLIB Bristol


This is just a very brief round up of the events at this years AGM as you were all there!

The PATLIB UK AGM 2008 was held on November 26th and 27th in Portsmouth. Our hosts for the two days were Jane Vince and Portsmouth Central Library. Our guests for the two days were Helen Hodgson, of the Intellectual Property Office, and Nia Roberts from the Welsh Assembly Government.

The first day was the round up of the past years news from across the PATLIB UK network and a discussion on the 'secret shopper' exercise that was run during the year. We also agreed the wording for an addendum to the PATLIB UK constitution. The day finished with the members going out for a meal at Strada a nice Italian restaurant in Portsmouth.

The second day was our training day where both Helen and Nia gave talks.

  • Helen spoke about the new IP Health Check - a web based diagnostic tool for SME's and also about licensing in general.

  • The title of Nia's talk was 'The Welsh Connection' and we learnt of the efforts being made by Nia and her colleagues to set up two new PATLIBs in North and South Wales.

We finished the day with a forum discussing the training requirements of the PATLIBs.

Thank you to everyone for attending the AGM and for your enthusiastic input.