IPAN - realising the value of Intellectual Property



about patents, trade marks, designs, copyright etc


about "intellectual property" and why it's important?


IPAN - the Intellectual Property Awareness Network - is an independent non-profit organisation working to improve understanding of patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and other intellectual property (IP) rights and their value to society.  


IPAN's activities are focused through its Education, Parliament and Economics & Finance work-groups but it doesn't lobby for any particular sector or viewpoint.


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IPAN can help with:


what is IP -  basic facts about intellectual property rights - patents, trademarks, designs, copyright and the like - to help you understand more about its importance in commerce and industry, especially in the UK

 IP resources - useful information from reliable sources including practical IP guides for start-up businesses.

 Issue Briefs  - short primers written by experts giving basic information about topical IP subjects

news  from IPAN activities such as: 

IPAN Director appointed to IPO Steering Board.....  IPAN Director awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours.... European Inventor Awards 2015..... IPAN's 5th annual IP Event celebrating World IP Day 2015... CIPA IP Manifesto launched at IPAN World IP Day Event.....

enforcement of IP rightssome sources of expert assistance

note: the information is intended for guidance to get you started - it is not a substitute for involving appropriate professional advisers 

coming IPAN meetings:

Tuesday 9 Feb 2016 at 16.00 at CIPA, 95 Chancery Lane, London

'IP policies - perception and practice'

IPAN's education group members Mandy Haberman, Steve Smith and Ruth Soetendorp will present the initial findings from the NUS/IPAN online research with students and teaching staff across UK HEIs .

Tuesday 1 Mar 2016 at 16.00 at CIPA, 95 Chancery Lane, London - joint meeting with CIPA and ITMA

Work of the UK IP Attachés - update and discussion

This meeting provides another opportunity to meet the UK IP Attachés who are in London for their annual visit to report on their work. The meeting will be followed by a drinks reception.  IPAN has hosted the Attachés' two previous visits, both of which were extremely well attended.   Attenders had the opportunity both to engage in lively debate and to have specific questions answered.


Please contact Gary McFly (CIPA - Executive Assistant) gary@cipa.org.uk as soon as possible if you would like to attend either of these meetings - priority will be given to members


 membership of IPAN:

Our members include a broad range of professional and business organisations with a shared commitment to raising awareness and understanding of IP and its value to society.


For more information about IPAN or joining as a member please contact us by email


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