The Nottingham Intellectual Property Guide for Creatives

Creative industries in Nottingham will be better able to protect their ideas following the publication of a new book - The Nottingham Intellectual Property Guide for Creatives.

Creative Guide
IP rights can be complex, which is why it is important for businesses to have at least a basic understanding of them.

Estelle Paley, Business Development Officer, Nottingham Trent University

Creative industries in Nottingham will be better able to protect their ideas following the publication of a new book - The Nottingham Intellectual Property Guide for Creatives.

The book will demystify the areas surrounding copyright, design, trademarks and patents for the creative industries in one concise, practical and easy-to-understand publication.

It has been produced by Nottingham Trent University's Working with You programme and Nottingham Law School as a result of the lessons learned from the Nottingham Creative Intellectual Property (IP) project, which launched in May last year.

Five themed workshops were held throughout the year by industry experts, experienced IP lawyers and Nottinghamshire creative businesses to share their knowledge and experience on the challenges, pitfalls and opportunities of working in the creative sector.

The Nottingham Intellectual Property Guide for Creatives, which was part funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), draws from the events to provide a simple and accessible understanding of the challenges of intellectual property, helping those in the industry to safeguard their ideas and their businesses.

Estelle Paley, Nottingham Trent University Business Development Officer and Editor of The Nottingham Intellectual Property Guide for Creatives, said: "We have drawn together the knowledge and experience of a wide range of industry experts, lawyers, entrepreneurs and Nottinghamshire creative businesses to produce this guide, which clarifies the application of IP in the creative industries and uses case studies to show practices in the industries.

"By sharing experiences and listening to expert advice through a series of themed workshops, we have produced this invaluable guide to help creative practitioners to gain knowledge and skills about IP.  It will also help them to move their ideas and innovations from the drawing board into the market place and help them to prepare if they entering a collaborative project.

"IP rights can be complex, which is why it is important for businesses to have at least a basic understanding of them."

Janice Denoncourt, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Law School, said: "Our beautifully illustrated guide introduces key intellectual property law concepts through a series of real life case studies ranging from fashion, photography, music and architecture to blogs and street art, that demonstrate how successful creators control, legally protect and financially benefit from their work."

The Nottingham Intellectual Property Guide for Creatives includes a foreword from Ian Livingstone CBE, co-founder of Games Workshop, co-creator of Fighting Fantasy, and former chairman of Eidos plc.

Authors of the book are Janice Denoncourt, Nick Johnson and Jane Jarman from Nottingham Law School; Chris Davison, Business Development Manager, Nottingham Trent University; Phil Clarke, Student Liaison Enterprise Adviser, Nottingham Trent University's The Hive; and Estelle Paley, Business Development Officer, Nottingham Trent University's Working with You.

The designer of the book is Jason Holroyd, Nottingham Trent University's alumnus of BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

Published on Wednesday 27 May by Hickling & Squires, the guide will be available from Nottingham Trent University, please email for details.

Nottinghamshire libraries and local trade associations, including the Creative Quarter, will also have copies of the book available from June 2015.

Our beautifully illustrated guide introduces key intellectual property law concepts through a series of real-life case studies.

Janice Denoncourt, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Law School

  • Notes for editors

    Press enquiries please contact Dave Rogers, Media Relations Manager, on telephone +44 (0)115 848 8782, or via email.

    The Working with You programme is a collaboration between Nottingham Trent University and small and medium businesses in the East Midlands. Through this project, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, dedicated business support coordinators work with companies to help identify their needs and offer funded consultancy, advice, workshops, access to facilities, and opportunities for student and graduate placements.

    Nottingham Law School (NLS) is one of the largest law schools in the UK, with over 100 academic staff and 2,500 students. Boasting close links to industry, NLS offers courses for every stage of legal training and has an outstanding and long-established reputation for providing excellence in legal education. It also has a strong national and international reputation for legal research, with centres such as the Centre for Advocacy, Centre for Legal Education, Centre for Business and Insolvency Law and Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice at the forefront of modern research.

    NLS' purpose-built Legal Advice Centre is a leading university provider of the highest quality legal services to individuals and communities, providing access to justice, and seeking to fulfil otherwise unmet legal need. The centre also provides outstanding opportunities for NLS students, who work under the supervision of qualified solicitors to provide free legal advice and assistance.

    The Hive is Nottingham Trent University's purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise. It supports the creation of new businesses as well as fostering the delivery of entrepreneurship education into the curriculum across the University. It primarily supports students and graduates of Nottingham Trent University to set up and run their own businesses.

    The Nottingham Creative IP Project workshops included:

    • Design: product, textiles, fashion and graphics
    • Performance; music, theatre, dance, circus, puppetry and comedy
    • Moving image and broadcasting; film, TV and radio
    • Interactive media and writing; games, web, mobile, software, literature and journalism
    • Art and image; photography, fine art, decorative arts and architecture.

The Nottingham Intellectual Property Guide for Creatives

Published on 28 May 2015
  • Category: Press; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; School of Art & Design; Nottingham Law School

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