Protecting Nottingham's creative ideas with launch of IP Project

Creative businesses in Nottingham will be better able to protect and exploit their ideas with the launch of a new Creative IP Project led by Nottingham Trent University.

This is an important IP awareness raising initiative supported by the UK Intellectual Property Office and local law firms.

Janice Denoncourt, senior lecturer and IP expert at Nottingham Law School

It's really important that Nottingham's current and future business people understand the importance of protecting our ideas and inventions.

Jeremy Hague, head of the university's Business Development Team

Creative businesses in Nottingham will be better able to protect and exploit their ideas with the launch of a new Creative IP Project led by Nottingham Trent University.

The project will assist both businesses and students in the creative industries to gain a better understanding of how they can more effectively protect, manage and exploit their ideas and intellectual property.

A series of five themed workshops will take place, where industry experts, experienced lawyers and Nottinghamshire creative businesses are invited to share their knowledge and experience on the challenges, pitfalls and opportunities of working in the creative sector.

Companies and graduates with business ideas will also be offered the opportunity to benefit from pro bono law clinics delivered by students of Nottingham Law School and guided by experienced IP lawyers.

Janice Denoncourt, senior lecturer and IP expert at Nottingham Law School, has been working on developing and delivering the project together with her colleagues Jane Jarman, reader in Legal Education, and Nick Johnson, senior lecturer and Pro Bono director. She said: "This is an important IP awareness raising initiative supported by the UK Intellectual Property Office and local law firms that practise in the field of IP law."

Jeremy Hague, head of the University's Business Development Team, said: "For centuries Nottingham has been a place of creativity, design and innovation. It's really important that Nottingham's current and future business people understand the importance of protecting our ideas and inventions, and this project aims to do just that through expert speakers and the opportunity to gain advice from IP lawyers, free of charge."

Support will also be provided by the University's entrepreneurship unit, The Hive, and the School of Art & Design.

The project has been funded through a £69,000 grant as part of the Intellectual Property Office's Fast Forward competition, and the European Regional Development Fund. It has the capacity to help at least 90 businesses and will conclude with the publication of a Effective IP Guide drawn from the lessons learned during the project.

Workshops will run from June 2014 to February 2015. For further information please email the Working with you team.

  • Notes for editors

    Press enquiries please contact Helen Breese, Media Relations Manager, on telephone +44 (0)115 848 8751, or via email.

    Nottingham Creative IP Project workshops will include:

    • Design; product, textiles, fashion and graphics - Thursday 12 June 2014.
    • Performance; music, theatre, dance, circus, puppetry and comedy - October 2014.
    • Moving image and broadcasting; film, TV and radio - November 2014.
    • Interactive media and writing; games, web, mobile, software, literature and journalism - January 2015.
    • Art and image; photography, fine art, decorative arts and architecture - February 2015.

    Intellectual Property Research GroupFor further information on the Intellectual Property Research Group at Nottingham Law School, please visit the website

Protecting Nottingham's creative ideas with launch of IP Project

Published on 16 May 2014
  • Category: Business; Press office; The Hive; School of Art & Design; Nottingham Law School

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