Word IP Day Celebrations in Yorkshire

Considering that World Intellectual Property Day followed an Easter Bank Holiday Monday with the best April weather in living memory, that it fell 3 days before a Royal Wedding and that the Intellectual Property Office kept a very low profile, it is remarkable that anybody in the United Kingdom paid any attention to that day at all. In Yorkshire, at least, the day was a resounding success.

Leeds Central Library, one of the UK’s Patent Information Centresheld an exhibition and seminar with Dr Peter Groves as the guest speaker. Peter has just published an indispensable “Dictionary of Intellectual Property Law” which his publishers made available at a special rate to celebrate the day.  The event was attended by local inventors, journalists, product development consultants, lawyers and others.  “An extremely valuable event” was the verdict of the editor of “Science People and Politics”.

In the afternoon Peter and I moved on to Gumption Centres in Bradford where we had an even more enthusiastic audience. Attending the event were artists, entrepreneurs, graphic designers, management consultants, software developers and publishers some of whom had travelled considerable distances.  This time we were joined by trade mark agent Philip Cooper of VeryMark who gave us a very thorough introduction to brand and design law. There then followed a lively Q & A session over such topics as diverse as software patents and rights in performances.  Altogether, a very good day out.

We are already planning for next year which should avoid the competing attractions of this year.   The Bradford and Leeds events will be bigger and better, of course, but we also hope to hold events in other big cities such as Hull, Sheffield and York as well as many of the smaller communities across our county.


About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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