0

Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Gov.uk

Government Business Support Service

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright governing framework. They can help you get the right type of protection for your creation or invention.

Specialities: Intellectual Property Rights
Area Served: National / West of England

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the government body responsible for granting IP rights.  They have a range of online tools designed to help you understand, identify, protect and exploit your IP assets as well as events to help you get up to speed.

It is almost certain that every business, large or small, will own or use intellectual property (IP), even without realising it. In a recent survey, 86% of UK small businesses said it’s important to know how to protect their intellectual property, but what exactly is IP?

IP covers any original creation, not just inventions, and can include your business name, logo, images, promotional material and even your website.

There are four main types of IP: 

  • Patents – protects new inventions; how they work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made
  • Designs – protects the overall look of a product including the colour, shape, texture and material
  • Trade Marks – protects brands, such as your business name or logo, and can consist of a word, phrase, picture or a combination of all these
  • Copyright - protects written, dramatic, musical and artistic works including photos, recordings, software and databases

Intellectual property assets can be integral to the growth and sustainability of a business. When properly managed, the value of your IP can far outweigh the physical assets, accounting for over 70% of your business’ value.

Services

Online Tool
Intellectual Property Office - Copyright Guidance

Online Guidance from Intellectual Property Office (IPO) & Gov.uk on Copyright.

Online Tool
Find out more
Online Tool
Intellectual Property Office - Design Guidance

Online Guidance from Intellectual Property Office (IPO) & Gov.uk on IP Designs.

Online Tool
Find out more
Online Tool
Guidance on Intellectual Property Law and Practice

These Pages from IPO and Gov.UK provide access to all the legal information you need on Trademarks, Patents, Designs and Copyright.

Online Tool
Find out more
Online Tool
Intellectual Property Office - Patents Guidance

Online Guidance from Intellectual Property Office (IPO) & Gov.uk on IP Designs.

Online Tool
Find out more
Online Tool
Intellectual Property Office - Trade Marks Guidance

Online Guidance from Intellectual Property Office (IPO) & Gov.uk on Trade Marks

Online Tool
Find out more
Online Tool
IP for Business - IP for Business tools - Intellectual Property Office

IP for Business from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is a range of online tools designed to help you understand, identify, protect and exploit your IP assets to their fullest potential. Whether...

Online Tool
Find out more
Online Tool
Intellectual Property Basics - Videos from Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has produced a series of short videos called IP Basics for businesses. These videos are designed to give you an introduction to a range of all IP related subjec...

Online Tool
Find out more
Online Tool
How Copyright Protects Your Work

Copyright protects your work and stops others from using it without permission. The IPO have produced the article, a good read.

Online Tool
Find out more