IP Business Clinic & Networking
1st March 2011
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Intellectual Property Business Clinic and Networking Event



The first of a series of FREE clinics, business support and networking events being offered at Blick studios for companies working within the creative industries and funded by Belfast City Council and The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Building Sustainable Prosperity programme.

This half day event will focus on Intellectual Property.


Protecting your business, your technology, brand and/or business name. Many businesses are more vulnerable than they realise, especially if they are moving into new international markets. Or perhaps there are avenues to increase your profitability by using what makes you unique.

This event addresses both of these issues, by helping you to answer the following questions:

    * Is my business at risk because of unprotected intellectual property, particularly in foreign markets?
    * Is there any way that I can increase the profitability of my business by using my Intellectual Property better?

The event is in two parts –

A half day clinic facilitated by leading Intellectual Property experts. The clinic will begin with short presentations and interactive Q&A sessions with each of the experts. This will be followed by individual one on one sessions with the clinics participants, to give them the opportunity to glean the specific information required to answer these questions for their businesses. Networking opportunities will be available throughout and following the event.

9.30 am – 10.00am registration and buffet breakfast

11.00 – 11.30am presentations

 11.30 am – 12.30pm Individual appointments with experts

A networking session will follow from 1-2pm with speakers from the local industry to be announced.

Clinic Experts
FR Kelly

FR Kelly are globally recognised patent and trade mark attorneys that represent the European intellectual property interests of a number of “Top 50” US corporations and the worldwide intellectual property interests of many large Irish multi national companies. Whether you've made a technical invention, designed a product, or created a brand for your products or services, FR Kelly can help you find the best way of protecting those ideas. FR Kelly advise fully on patent, trade mark, design and copyright protection and licensing.

Forde Campbell LLP

The firm’s website can be found at www.fordelaw.com. Forde Campbell LLP is a member of Momentum, the Northern Ireland ICT Federation, Digital Circle and the UK Society for Computers & Law. The firm’s ICT team includes Mathew Forde and Rory Campbell as lead partners, with Laura Baker as senior assistant. Mathew and Rory lecture regularly on ICT issues in conjunction with Momentum, Bizcamp Belfast, Invest NI and the Northern Ireland Science Park.


Rory Campbell was educated at Cambridge University and the College of Law in London. Rory qualified as a solicitor in England in 1996 with the international and City firm Trowers & Hamlins. From 2002 until 2007 Rory acted as the firm’s lead ICT lawyer. Rory left Trowers & Hamlins to join Forde Campbell in September 2007, qualifying as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in December 2007. Rory is a Steering Committee member of Digital Circle, Northern Ireland’s digital media industry body. Separately, Rory is the author of the Intellectual Property Rights chapter of Local Government Contracts and Procurement (Tottel 2007), and of Northern Ireland: a proposal to deal with illegal file-sharing in the UK (IAEL 2010).

FORDE CAMPBELL LLP is a specialist commercial, technology, IP and media law practice advising on Northern Irish, English and EU law. FORDE CAMPBELL LLP have advised clients from public bodies through PLCs to provate individuals and have an unusually extensive experience in IT law.  They also focus on media and entertainment working with a range of media clients including independent producers, broadcasters, studios, writers, artists, contributors and talent from across the TV and film industry.

Invest NI Intellectual Property Services

Invest NI’s Intellectual Property Services give advice on patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights and technical standards including EN standards.  


Dr Edward O’Gorman was born in Kilkenny, Ireland and has over 10 years experience in Private Practice as well as Industrial Practice, and has been involved in litigation in the UK, Ireland and the USA. Before this he spent 10 years in academia (Cardiff, Zurich and Manchester).

PatentNav aims to increase awareness and registration of Intellectual Property by individuals and SME. As one of the only companies In Ireland to get an iPad app "Inventoraid" accepted in time for launch of the iPad and one of the few companies to have patent related iPhone apps available, it is committed to using mobile technologies to provide IP education and services.

PatentNav is less than a year old and has already established a reputation as an innovative Intellectual Property service provider to SME and Start Up companies, reflected in three grant awards from Kilkenny City Enterprise Board, Foras na Gaeilge and Enterprise Ireland.

We appreciate that Start Up companies are under pressure, our fees reflect the current climate. We keep costs down by reducing the time spent by attorneys on your IP, and help you do as much as possible yourself.


(source www.blickstudios.org)

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