Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Happy & innovative Christmas

There will be no December meeting of the group. We will resume on Wednesday January 9th - details of this meeting will be sent out in the New Year.
Hope you all have a happy & innovative Christmas and New Year
Best Wishes Leeds Inventors Group 


Monday, 3 December 2012

IP: My What? Why bother? Small businesses and Intellectual Property


Intellectual Property?
If you ask most small businesses about their intellectual property (IP) it’s likely that the majority would say “My what?” or “I don’t get involved in that. I’m just a small business.” The reality is that most small businesses already have intellectual property – and don’t even realise it. They don’t realise that some forms of intellectual property are an automatic right, requiring no application process or fees. They don’t realise that intellectual property is a business asset in the same way that equipment and premises are business assets. It’s just that IP is an intangible asset. It might not be something you can actually touch but it can potentially be the biggest asset that a business – of any size – can have.
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So what is IP?
IP is a series of property rights which come from creative (intellectual) work. The main types of IP are:

  • Patents (protecting products which are new or different in the way they work);
  • Trade marks (protecting such things as names, logos, brands and slogans);
  • Registered designs (protecting the shape and appearance of a product);
  • Copyright (protecting a large range of creative works which for many businesses includes such things as website content, promotional literature, photographs and music).
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Why bother?
Having IP and being aware of how you can use it often makes it easier to gain investment in your business. IP assets make you more attractive to investors. You may wish to licence your IP to others to generate further income.
Names, logos and slogans
Your business has a name and you provide products or services which may have names. You may have logos and slogans related to them. As customers become more aware of your products and services these names, logos and slogans gain value. The more well-known and reliable your services are the greater the value. The “Coca Cola” name has been valued at around £40 billion – an extreme example but it shows the significance of the name. It is the biggest asset the company has.

Your business / product names, logos and slogans may all be assets you could protect in order to prevent competitors from using something similar. Such protection could prevent others from benefiting from your reputation and taking customers from you. This is the purpose of trade marks.

Your website
If your business has a website, the content of the website is protected automatically by copyright. The big question is – who does that copyright belong to? In the first instance copyright always belongs to the person who creates the work so if you create your own website you will own the copyright. If someone else designs the content for you they will own the copyright – and paying them does not give you the copyright. It needs to be transferred, or “assigned” to you in writing. So do you own your website or does a web designer own it? If you use photographs or music on your site do you own them? If you didn’t create them do you have licences to use them? The same applies to any creative work done for you by someone outside your business. Do you actually own what you think you own?

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New products
If you develop or manufacture new products yourself an awareness of patents and registered designs can be beneficial – not only in terms of protecting what you have but also as a means of finding out what your competitors are doing. By keeping an eye on newly published patent specifications you can monitor new developments in your area of business. 

So…
So before you dismiss intellectual property as something which doesn’t concern you think about whether adding value to your business is important to you; consider whether avoiding infringing the rights of others is significant and ponder on whether increasing your awareness of your competitors would be useful.

If the answer is yes, then intellectual property is important to you. If you’d like to be enlightened further contact or visit us......

Business and Patent Information Services
Leeds Central library
Calverley Street
Leeds
LS1 3AB

Tel:  0113 2478266/65
Fax: 0113 2478268

Email: piu@leeds.gov.uk

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Gordon Macrae, Gripple. Leeds Inventors Group 17th October, 2012

Gripple® are an award-winning international company based in Sheffield. They are best known for their wire-tensioning device. Devised by Gripple’s founder, Hugh Facey, it is the product around which the company was originally built and which they are now selling in 35 countries at a rate of 30 million per year.

The Gripple company is employee-owned. All employees have to buy shares – the company loans staff the money and they pay it back. The shares are not quoted on the stock exchange and the articles of association state that the company can never be sold. They want a long-term business.

Gordon Macrae runs Gripple’s incubator – developing young businesses which they believe have potential. Gordon pointed out that quite often when developing a new product, what you come up with initially isn’t always the best solution to a problem. Ten years ago the company realised that simply by turning the Gripple tensioning device to a different angle it could be used to hang lights – thereby opening up a new market to the company. Another variation is the “Load Hog®” which fastens loads to transport.

Innovation is important to the company and they aim to get 25% of their turnover from backing new products. The incubator has been running for about 18 months. They take on inventors / entrepreneurs with an idea and help them develop it in their innovation centre. Successful inventors need to be visionaries.

Innovation can be a frustrating process. If your idea is just a slight improvement it will be hard to sell, whereas if you solve a problem your product will probably sell (provided that it works!) So find a problem to solve! Very often the first problem that an inventor sees is not the real problem and adaptability is really important. Any inventor should expect to fail numerous times on the way to a successful product – and any one product may require a good number of prototypes as you determine how it’s going to work and how it’s going to look. James Dyson tested thousands of prototypes before he settled on the final model. It’s cheaper to fail earlier in the process and iron out all the bugs that way.

Because a new product can change significantly during development choosing the right time to patent it can be tricky. If you patent it right at the start you may end up with a final product which is not covered by this patent. Gordon suggests filing the application initially without spending too much and then getting feedback. If you can find someone to work with in that market, all the better.

Gordon stressed how important it is to talk to customers. Gripple’s own design team does just that when developing products because they know that will result in a better product. Inventors should do the same – as far as he is concerned the best advice he can give to an inventor is that if you don’t understand your customers you will fail. You also need to test the product out on them and get feedback. Sometimes they will tell you things which you would never have thought of yourself. Building a relationship with customers not only leads to better products but can also result in you getting more business.

The product must work and you need a means of supply which can supply the product quickly. Sometimes finding a partner within the market in which you want to operate can be a good move.

The most important skill an inventor needs, in Gordon’s opinion, is the ability to sell. Inventors who just want to invent will probably never make a lot of money whereas inventor entrepreneurs are much more likely to make money.



Friday, 5 October 2012

“The Patenting Process” Sarah Whitehead, UK Intellectual Property Office Examiner. Leeds Inventors Group 19th September 2012

Sarah, legal adviser at the UKIPO, gave a comprehensive overview of the patenting processand the other options available to anyone wishing to protect what they’ve got.

She explained that a patent is a deal between inventor and state which gives the inventor the right to stop others making or exploiting the invention – it doesn’t, in itself, give the inventor a right to carry out the invention as there may be other impediments to this. A patent is also not a guarantee of success for the product and an inventor must police their own patent. Neither the government nor the police will pursue patent infringers. Infringement in any case is a civil matter rather than a criminal matter. IPO examiners do not make a commercial evaluation of a proposed invention – their only concern is whether it is new and inventive, not whether it is worthwhile.
Protection in other countries requires filing patents in those countries or applying for protection in several countries in one go through the European Patent Office or the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Sarah went through the sections of a patent specification, the steps in the process and the cost, pointing out that a well-drafted application is likely to have more chance of being granted. Particularly if having a patent is fundamental to the commercial success of your business then legal advice is advisable.

It can take a maximum of four and a half years from first filing to get a patent granted. (It can take significantly longer if you go through the US or European Patent Offices.) It is possible, however, to speed up this process. This can be done either by filing a request for combined search and examination (which would otherwise take place separately) or ask for accelerated processing. You do need a particular reason for an application to be accepted for accelerated processing – often this will be to do with the market which the patent is aimed at, or perhaps you are concerned about the actions of a potential infringer. If your invention involves “Green” technology this is a good reason to have the application accelerated. It’s important to understand that such procedures mean that your application will be published earlier. It will be in the “public domain” which may give you less time to plan your marketing strategy, and may alert your competitors earlier.

Because it is up to the applicant to defend their patent against infringers it is important to consider whether you will be able to enforce it. It can be an expensive process and patent insurance may be worth considering.

Sarah pointed out that two of the most important things to bear in mind when applying for a patent are:- make sure you stick to deadlines you are given; and consider your market – will anyone want to buy your product?

From the Patent Examiner's Mouth
http://nipcinvention.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/from-patent-examiners-mouth.html


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Enterprise Club 15/10/12:The importance of social media for new businesses,presented by Liz Cable founder of Reach Further

Enterprise Club 15th October-The importance of social media for new businesses,presented by Liz Cable founder of Reach Further 6-7.45pm all welcome

 

We have a group The Enterprise Club (Leeds) on LinkedIN for attendees of the the Enterprise Club. It has useful information for Business Start-Ups, discussions and special promotions. Why not join up to this group now? Here is the link:
To find out more and book into the workshops contact:
Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email:
piu@leeds.gov.uk

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Enterprise club 1/10/12

We have a group The Enterprise Club (Leeds) on LinkedIN for attendees of the the Enterprise Club. It has useful information for Business Start-Ups, discussions and special promotions. Why not join up to this group now? Here is the link:
To find out more and book into the workshops contact:
Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email:
piu@leeds.gov.uk

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Friday, 3 August 2012

The enterprise club -fortnightly on Mondays from 6th August 2012

The Enterprise Club provides an network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.

To find out more and book into the workshops contact:

Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email:
piu@leeds.gov.uk


NEW:
We have a group The Enterprise Club (Leeds) on LinkedIN for attendees of the the Enterprise Club. It has useful information for Business Start-Ups, discussions and special promotions. Why not join up to this group now? Here is the link:


Monday, 30 July 2012

“Common problems faced by inventors” Steve Van Dulken Leeds Inventors Group 18th July 2012

Steve has been working as an intellectual property librarian at the British Library, London for around 25 years. Using his vast experience he has written several books on patents and appeared in a number of television programmes relating to inventions. In a wide-ranging discussion he used anecdotes to illustrate a number of areas and situations which inventors commonly experience.

The issue of when to file a patent on a new product and the use of confidentiality / non-disclosure agreements is a frequently pondered question and when Steve addressed this it provoked a variety of responses. He also went through the importance of searching at an early stage and some of the techniques he uses.

One area which many inventors fall down on is the business aspect of their new product. It will only sell if there is a market for it and getting a product to market (either the inventor doing so or by licensing or selling it on) requires some business awareness. Steve suggested that an inventor should think carefully about what they would regard as success – how much do you realistically expect to make from the product? How much would you be willing to sell it for? What is your attitude to risk? Developing any new product involves a degree of risk and the success rate for new products is very small.

He strongly suggested a business plan, which basically makes you think about the pros and cons of the product and the market and what issues may arise – before they actually crop up. Not only does this make you more prepared generally, but it enables you to deal more effectively with other people and organisations you will need to work with in order to get the product to market.

Cash flow is critical – we often think of businesses going bust if they don’t sell enough product. It can also happen because they sell too much  - they spend money on providing the product but payment usually arrives some time later, and it can come too late.

When dealing with others his advice was to describe yourself as a designer rather than an inventor as the latter can have very negative connotations for some and may be less likely to be taken seriously.

Steve emphasised the importance of keeping track of costs and not overspending – including costs of intellectual property. Many inventors and businesses decide that they need a trade mark to protect their name or logo, but is it necessary? If you don’t plan to expand the business significantly would it be worthwhile?

Overall, much to be considered before any inventor starts the process of considering protection or publicising his product.

Steve's blog http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/patentsblog/

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Carl Hopkins, Direct Business Advice Leeds inventors group 20 – 6 - 12

Carl has been running his business, Direct Business Advice, for 10 years. His company helps both new and established businesses to develop and grow.

Through his own experience in this, and other businesses, he understands how easy it can be to become so passionate about your new innovation or idea that you can miss the basics. You need to be able to stand back and think about how you can make the innovation happen, how you can manage it and get it to market. Businesses which succeed are those which plan. Who are your competitors? Do you have a business and marketing plan?

Once you’ve got your new product up and running, it’s all about running a business, and you need to think about having an exit strategy – how and when you intend to leave the business, or pass it on, in future.

Whatever your new product is, you will need a business plan – though Carl pointed out that it’s also important not be become too obsessed with such plans. Initially just putting down your ideas on one sheet of paper to get things going is a good idea – then developing from there. Who will you be selling to? What will you be charging?

One of the main points of a business plan is to try to foresee questions which prospective funders or partners are likely to ask, and this can be quite a challenge. The plan has to be carefully-worded so that you don’t promise too much. Money, of course, is a big part of it all. If you’re looking for investment you’ll need to come up with a financial forecast – usually for 3 years. It’s important to give potential investors the feeling that you know what you’re doing, you’re well-advised and that you have the right team around you. It’s unusual to get all the money you need from one single source, so you need to be aware of what opportunities there may be for funding.

A very important point to understand when you are developing a new product or launching an enterprise is cash flow. Money doesn’t come in at the moment that you complete a job or a deal – it follows later. More often than not, new ideas fail because they run out of cash.

It’s important to think about how things will work – how you will get your product to market, who might be interested in working with you, how you will market it to customers – while also being careful to get your terms and conditions right. Make it part of your procedures to use confidentiality agreements wherever you can and make sure you include intellectual property and the costs of both IP and its insurance in your plans.



Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Feedback on the Leeds Inventors Group


We'd like some feedback on the Leeds inventors group. It would really help us if you could click on the link below and take part in our brief survey. It should take no more than a couple of minutes.
If it's possible for you to complete the survey in the next couple of days that would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Visit to Fab Lab Airedale 16-5-12 Leeds Inventors Group

A large contingent of the Leeds inventors group arrived at Keighley Fab Lab for a tour of the recently opened facility. This is the latest in the worldwide network of fabrication labs previously described by Jane Keats in our meeting in September 2011.

The group were given an introduction to the idea of Fab Labs – a place where anyone intending to produce a new product can get easy access to design, engineering and manufacturing equipment to produce anything from chairs to cheeseboards to circuit boards to T-shirts. Video conferencing with other Fab Labs round the world is possible and the Fab Lab Academy offers a post graduate – level course in Digital Design & Fabrication, based on a course which originated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Apart from inventors, the facility is also being promoted to schools, colleges, community groups, local businesses and those thinking of starting a business. Staff are on hand to help use the various machines though for some a training course may be advisable. A certain amount of business coaching is also available for anyone based in Yorkshire and Humberside.
The group were shown examples of products produced and how the equipment created them. On Saturdays the equipment can be used without charge – however, inventors need to be aware that anything created for free is regarded as “open source” and is made public on the internet. Obviously any such disclosure could make the product unpatentable. There is a charge for using the equipment at other times, when staff are happy to sign non-disclosure agreements.

 



Fab Lab Airedale
Unit 24 Dalton Mill
Dalton Lane
Keighley  BD21 4JH
West Yorkshire
T: 01535 606703
E: info@fablabairedale.org
http://www.fablabairedale.org/

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Getting the most out of marketing..The Enterprise Club 11/6/12

Creative Calderdale Presents Tony Brook The future for designers in the digital age

Creative Calderdale Presents Tony Brook
President of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) and Internationally acclaimed Creative Director

The future for designers in the digital age

Tues 26th June 2012, 6 – 9pm
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER

Creative Calderdale is delighted to announce that our headline speaker in June will be Halifax-born and internationally acclaimed designer and creative director, Tony Brook.
As the UK President of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) and founding partner of one of London’s top creative studio’s, ‘Spin’; Tony is more than well placed to share with us his thoughts on what the future holds for designers in the digital age.
With an impressive line-up of clients that include, Channel 4, Nike, Levi’s and the Design Museum, Tony has won national and international awards in identity design, print, television and cinema graphics, web design, poster design and typography.  He set up his acclaimed creative studio ‘Spin’ in 1992 and joined forces with Adrian Shaughnessy in 2009 to establish ‘Unit Editions’, a publishing company specialising in visual culture.
An expert in design, Tony also lectures nationally and internationally, is the external examiner for the MA Brand Identity course at the London College of Communications, and has recently curated ‘Wim Crouwel : A graphic odyssey’ – a major retrospective of the Dutch master’s work currently on show at the Design Museum in London.
An exciting, charismatic and insightful speaker, this event will be essential for anyone wanting to ensure that they are one step ahead in a digital future.
The event is free to creative, digital, and cultural industry professionals.

Agenda:
18:00-19:00     Hot food and registration
19:00-19:30     Welcome and opening pitches
19:30- 20:30    Tony Brook
20:30- Late      Networking

To register to attend visit http://www.creativecalderdale.co.uk/.  
                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                     
                                                                                                           

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Financing your business - 28/5/12-The Enterprise Club


Thinking of starting a business?
Come along to Leeds Central Library's Enterprise Club
The spring / summer series of talks has started
the next session runs on
Monday 28th May
6pm - 7.45pm

Topic -
Financing your BusinessPresented by The Business Enteprise Fund
The Enterprise club provides an opportunity to network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.

To find out more and book into the workshops contact:

Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email:
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The Enterprise Club runs at:
Leeds Central Library
3rd Floor Meeting Room
Calverley Street
LS1 3AB


        
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 Financing your business
                   
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 Financing your business
                   
                      Presented by

  The Business Enterprise
              Fund

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

16th May Leeds Inventors Group -visit to Fablab Airedale

May's meeting. As you can see this one is not taking place in the usual central library venue - we're visiting Fab Lab Airedale in Keighley.
The address is 
Fab Lab Airedale
Unit 24,
Dalton Mill
Dalton Lane
Keighley
BD21 4JH
There is parking on site. If you're travelling from the centre of Leeds by public transport there's a train leaving Leeds at 17.26 which arrives in Keighley at 17.51 and Fab Lab is approx 5 mins walk from the station (see attached map). Once at Dalton Mills turn left after the arch of the Dalton Mills complex. 
Could you please let us know as soon as you can if you are planning to attend so that we can get an idea of numbers.
If you need any further info please get in touch.

Business & Patent Information Services
Central Library
Calverley Street
Leeds
LS1 3AB
Tel: 0113 2478266
Fax: 0113 2478268

Sheffield Inventors Group 14th May

Next Sheffield Inventors Group is Mon 14 May from 6pm

Guest speaker is Russell Copley of Angels Den "Raising Business Growth Investment - Alternatives to Bank Finance"

Reference and Information Library
Central Library
Surrey Street
Sheffield
S1 1XZ
Tel: 0114 2734736
email: information.library@sheffield.gov.uk

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Kate Reid at the Leeds Inventors Group 18.4.12

The Leeds inventors group welcomed Kate Reid of Pemberton Reid solicitors who gave a fascinating talk about confidentiality and licensing to a enthusiastic group.

Kate talked about why you should use a confidentiality agreement (non disclosure agreement) when discussing your ideas with 3rd parties and the importance of having an agreement in writing rather than just relying on a verbal agreement.  Kate explained that having a written agreement imposes a duty of confidentiality and gives you a right to enforce it – it also acts as a warning. Using a non disclosure agreement can allow you to explore whether or not a potentially patentable idea could be manufactured and even if it might have a market by enabling you to talk to 3rd parties in confidence.

Kate explained that you should decide exactly which elements of what you are discussing are to be kept confidential and for how long (it is best not to limit this) and also what the information can be used for ie. prototyping, experiments and testing or market research, it is also worth stating what the information may not be used for.

Kate then went on to talk about licensing agreements, again her advice was to always enter into a written agreement and she told us that there is no standard form of license - there is no right or wrong and whatever you agree on is okay.

There are however standard elements that you should consider when drawing up a licensing agreement these include:

Exclusivity – is the license non exclusive or exclusive , is it a sole license ?

Territory – which territories should the license cover? does the licensee have experience in all territories , do they have contacts?

Duration / Termination – should the license be for a fixed period which is then reviewed? or will a longer period be required for the launch of a new product?

Just as important when drawing up a licensing agreement you need to consider how to get out of the agreement if the licensee is in breech of the agreement or is not performing – do you add in a notice period?

Royalty payments – are you going to have percentage? A fixed fee? Anything up front or a lump sum?  Consider when the payments should be paid – do you want monthly payments? Quarterly? What happens if you don’t get paid? 
You should also consider how you will know if the figures the licensee is giving you are accurate – do you reserve the right to look at their accounts? What records do they need to keep and do you reserve the right to inspect all of their records?
It is worth thinking about what the minimum quantities are acceptable and if those minimums aren’t reached what the consequences are.

Infringement / IP maintenance – it is important to decide who will pay for the maintenance of patents , trade marks etc. even if the licensee is paying make sure that they aren’t responsible for renewing.  It is also important to decide who is responsible for taking action in the case of infringement of your IP and also for any claims by 3rd parties .  You may also want to include the use or limit of use of any trade marks within the license agreement and to sort out who gets the goodwill that is generated by the use of any trade marks.

Termination of the license period – consider making provision for limiting the time that a licensee has to sell stock or make it a condition that they destroy any remaining stock and marketing materials at the end of the license.  You could reserve the right to buy back stock.

Kate explained that using a professional to draw up a licensing agreement doesn’t need to be prohibitively expensive – if you have thought about what you want to have included in the agreement the price could be around £400-£700 depending on the complexity of the agreement and could be a very well worthwhile investment.



Two representatives from Airedale Fab Lab which has just opened in Keighley – Raf and Dave came along to tell the group a little bit about the facilities available to inventors at the newest Fablab and invited the group for a tour.

So we are pleased to announce that next months inventors group meeting on the 16th May will be at Fablab in Keighley more details to follow.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Fab Lab Airedale Now Open.......


Come along to Leeds Central Library's Enterprise Club The spring / summer series starts on Monday April 30th 6pm - 7.45pm

Thinking of starting a business?
Come along to Leeds Central Library's Enterprise Club
The spring / summer series of talks starts on
Monday April 30th
6pm - 7.45pm

Topic - Is starting a business right for you?

The Enterprise club provides an opportunity to network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.

Spring / Summer topics and dates below
The workshops are open to anyone thinking about setting up their own business or becoming self employed.

To find out more and book into the workshops contact:

Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email: piu@leeds.gov.uk

The Enterprise Club runs at:
Leeds Central Library
3rd Floor Meeting Room
Calverley Street
LS1 3AB


                              
  http://www.businessandpatents.org/content/

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

John Biddleston at the Leeds Inventors Group 18th Jan 2012

John is a teacher with a background in engineering and product design. For the last couple of years he has been running his own company “The Big Consultant” and specialises in 3D CAD design.

John pointed out that when you’re developing a product you need to think about what you’ve got as a business idea rather than as an invention – you need to have something which people will want to buy. It needs to have a use, a purpose and preferably be relatively simple to manufacture and assemble. It’s important to think ahead to such things as cost of tooling. The more complex it is the more costly it will be. Manufacturers will also be interested in the possibility of versions 2 and 3 etc of a product. Obsolescence is often built in to a product so that people will buy the improvement.

It’s also important to plan your patenting strategy. His view is that you can patent something too early – you could spend a significant amount on filing a patent and then find that you need to change it. The other tactic would be to develop the idea and product further – using confidentiality agreements where necessary so that when you do come to patent the product you’re sure that it’s in a more final form and you know how it’s going to work. Potential partners – whether they be manufacturers, finance providers or any others - generally don’t like to take risks so if your product is more advanced and there’s less work for them to do on it it will be more attractive.

He also pointed out the importance of patent searching in the early stages of developing a new product so that you’re aware of any prior art which might cause you a problem. Using a patent attorney is advantageous in getting the terminology right when you draw up your patent specification as the wording is critical – and of course, not everything is patentable.

John advocates drawing up what he calls a strategic product plan (which he makes available on his blog). This is like a business plan which considers such things as finance and tries to anticipate the questions of potential manufacturers, accountants etc. It’s vital to plan ahead because, apart from anything else, any partners who are considering investing in your product will want to know how and when they can expect to get their money back, and how well-organised you are. Of course it’s also vital to be aware of the market you’re going in to – nobody will invest in you unless you’re aware of this.

Above all else, he said patience is vital. Getting a new product to market is a long road and is likely to take a considerable time.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

MAJOR NEW SKY TV SERIES IS LOOKING FOR YOUR INVENTIONS!

Objective Productions, the makers of ‘The Cube’ (ITV) and ‘Derren Brown’ (C4) are looking for British inventors to take part in a major new Sky series. If your invention is struggling to get off the ground, has been languishing at the back of your shed or you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall in how far you can take it, we want to hear from you! We want to give those amazing inventions the platform they so rightfully need. This series is a call to arms for inventors across the land, to inspire innovators to stand up and bring their work to life. We want Britain to get inventing. If you have an invention that you want the public to know about, get in touch with us at; 020 7202 2374 inventions@objectiveproductions.com Our production is committed to the protection of confidentiality. No material filmed will be broadcast – or non-public domain details of inventions disclosed – without the prior written permission of the people and products being filmed. We respect the privacy of individuals, and particularly the sensitivity of issues surrounding intellectual property. We will be happy to send out a standard non-disclosure agreement to protect non-publicly accessible material if you deem it appropriate.

Friday, 2 March 2012

The Enterprise club:19/3/12 Research your business and how intellectual property can benefit all businesses


Business & Patent Information Services News: Leap into Action Success

Business & Patent Information Services News: Leap into Action Success

Business & Patents and Europe Direct Leeds had a Leap Year Day with a difference. ‘Leap into Action’ was a European Commission funded, hugely successful all day event held in the Central Library attended by over 150 people. It aimed to help business start ups and show what support is available in Leeds........READ MORE

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Leeds Inventors Group Design challenge photos 15/2/2012


Our design brief

Team Bills amazing must have


team rankings
it collasped later!
team apple takes the weight

another success
Fun and interactive meeting with thanks to Ellis , not too sure we fulfilled the brief but we learned something :)

































.......all that effort and we all ended up with......... boxes

The Enterprise Club Leeds Central library

The Enterprise club provides an opportunity to network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.
Workshops will start on Monday 23rd January and
run fortnightly from 6pm – 7.45pm.
The following topics are covered:

23rd Jan Is starting a business right for you?
6th Feb HMRC-Tax and NI
20th Feb Financing your business
5th March Marketing your business
19th March Researching your business


The workshops are open to anyone
 thinking about setting up their own business or becoming self employed.

 To find out more and book into the workshops contact:

 Business and Patent Information Services

 Tel: 0113 247 8266


 The Enterprise Club runs at:
                      
 Leeds Central Library
 3rd Floor Meeting Room
 Calverley Street
 LS1 3AB