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  • 1. tech business events to connect + inform + inspire
  • 2. Patent or Be Damned ? protecting your competitive position The Innovation Centre, Bath 6-9pm, 23 March 2010 sponsored by and supported by
  • 3. Practicalities
    • Phones off
    • Emergency exits
  • 4. This evening’s programme 6:45-8:15 Speakers 1 Introduction Martin Coulthard BEN 2 Are patents right for you? Dr Gillian Whitfield Astrum IP 3 Finding the right strategic balance – an entrepreneur’s view Bruce Brain Vysiion 4 Patents - do they really work for smaller tech businesses? Andrew Allan-Jones Bond Pearce 5 An investor’s perspective on IP Martin Rowland Lloyds Development Capital 8:15-8:30 Q&A 8:30-9:00 More networking
  • 5. IP or strategy?
    • patents
    • trademarks
    • copyright
    • designs
    • secrecy (know how)
    • sticky/lock-in products
    • continual improvement
    • brand
    • control of routes to market
    • great products and service!
    finding the right mix for your business
  • 6. reality vs perception
    • discovering infringement
    • taking infringement action (especially overseas)
    • ability to license
    • time and cost
    • may discourage competitors from copying
    • or enable them to do so!
    • may impress customers and partners
    • and tick a box for investors
  • 7. Reminder of upcoming BEN events book now at www.bristolenterprise.com
    • 1/4/10 Workshop: Every Business Owns IP 9-12:30 Bristol, led by Intellectual Property Office
    • 15/4/10 Workshop: Developing an IP Strategy 4-6pm Bath, led by Gillian Whitfield, Astrum-IP
    • 20/4/10 Networking: Think Small – 6-9pm nanotechnology and optical quantum computing