It was great to see so many people attend the Communications
Breakfast this month given it was such a short and busy Jubilee week.
Our guest speaker was a very animated Philip Hannay IP guru, Founder and Director of Cloch Solicitors.
Philip posed the question “Why bother invest in IP?” and went on to explain, in layman’s terms what IP actually is. This intangible, yet highly valued, asset sees more investment
by UK business than in tangible assets. Global trade in IP licences
alone are worth more than £600 billion a year, that’s 5% of world trade
IP is all around us and can be somewhat confusing so Philip outlined
the differences between a patent, trademark and copyright and sighted
examples of how and when to use them. He also advised us that sometimes
it is better to see what others are doing with creative ideas and
innovation before leaping into licensing and trade marking ideas and
concepts. “We can learn from others” even if you think their idea is a
copy or rip-off of your own ideas.
Philip then gave us a run down on the five areas of Intellectual Property, in a way showing us how to get a grasp on them:
IP is a bit of a minefield yet Philip left us all feeling a little
wiser and far more aware of how we can protect our brands and ideas, and
questions were quickly fired at him from the audience, many seeking
advice about their IP needs.
It was a great opportunity to hear from such a knowledgeable chap as
Philip and we would like to express our thanks to him along with the Corinthian Club, 29studios and Great Scot Photography for making it another excellent breakfast event.
very informative talk by
@Philip_Hannay on intellectual property this morning… even The Apprentice final got a mention!
Thanks to @commsbreakfast @dunningdesign & and @philip_hannay for a great #commsbreakfast
Philip Hannay says: Where technology is mission critical is the place to invest – that’s everywhere #commsbreakfast