6.00pm Registration / Exhibitors
6.30pm Presentation 1 – Every Business Owns IP, but what’s it worth?
7.15pm Networking / Exhibitors
8.00pm Presentation 2 – Bank of England Update
Bank of England Update
- Alastair will give an off the record presentation on the Outlook for the UK Economy as seen by the Bank of England.
- He will outline the stories he is picking up from his business contacts in the East Midlands and how those stories inform the broader economic outlook. And he will talk briefly about the implications for monetary policy in the UK.
Alastair Cunningham (Agent - Bank of England Agency for the East Midlands)
Alastair joined the Bank of England in 1994 – taking over as Agent for the East Midlands Agency in February 2010. The term “Bank of England Agent” dates back to 1826, and is used to describe the Bank’s senior representative in the region. There are currently 12 regional Agents in the UK and they act as the Bank’s eyes, ears and voice in their region. Alastair leads a small team based in Nottingham from where they cover the whole of the East Midlands. The Agencies are an important channel of communication between businesses, business organisations, the general public and the Monetary Policy Committee (The MPC is responsible for setting the short-term interest rate in the UK). Alastair reports direct to the MPC and senior economists in London. Much of his time is spent visiting a wide range of businesses and talking to those at the cutting edge of the economy. Prior to his appointment as Agent, Alastair spent 15 years as an economist at the Bank’s Head Office in London. He has an MSc in Economics from the University of Glasgow and a degree in History and Economics from Oxford University.
Every Business Owns IP, but what’s it worth?
For most businesses the value of their Intellectual Property can be worth more than the fixed assets, however many businesses tend to overlook this fact.
In this session you will learn how to
- Identify the different types of IP (Trademarks, Copyright, Designs, Patents)
- Determine the costs involved in IP registration
- Understand the domestic verses International structure
- Incorporate IP in a Business Strategy And
- Realize the value and benefits of using IP protection (including patent box)
Come along to this session to find out the answers!
Gary Townley, Business Events Manager, Intellectual Property Office Gary joined the Office in 1982 working originally in Southampton Buildings, London, in the Patents Directorate. He helped in the relocation of the IPO to Newport South Wales, training new staff before becoming head of the Patent Enquiry Unit. Gary joined the Business Outreach and Education team in 1999 and regularly provides Intellectual Property training at workshops, seminars and conferences, and is the current editor of IPInsight, the monthly E-newsletter for the IPO.
Dave Hopkins is a Business Engagement Manager for the Intellectual Property Office Dave has worked for the IPO for 12 years in a number of key roles. Prior to joining the Office, Dave worked in a broad range of private sector organisations including the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Dave moved to the Business and Outreach Team in 2009 and is primarily responsible for raising awareness of intellectual property amongst UK businesses, with special emphasis on SMEs. He regularly gives talks about Intellectual Property at business exhibitions, workshops and seminars.
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