Belfast Telegraph

Workshop advises Northern Ireland businesses on safeguarding their ideas

BY CLARE WEIR

Northern Ireland businesses have been given a masterclass in how to protect their original ideas.

The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE) recently hosted an intellectual property workshop conducted by Belfast law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin.

NIACE is a technology hub for the research and development of advanced engineering and advanced materials technologies across a range of industrial sectors and currently has 11 company members from a variety of sectors, two university partners carrying out research, and trade body ADS as an associate member.

The workshop was presented by solicitors Michael King and Christopher Neill and was attended by a selection of companies carrying out collaborative research, and for whom intellectual property (IP) law can have a real impact on their activities.

Attendees were given an insight in to what IP means, the different types of IP and how to best use these types.

Participants also learned about IP infringement and enforcement and the associated costs.

Dr Scott King, NIACE centre manager, said that the exercise had been enlightening.

Michael King, associate solicitor at Cleaver Fulton Rankin, added: "Intellectual property, while not always front of mind on a day to day basis, can be a real minefield for the uninitiated, and is especially important for companies such as NIACE participants, who are involved at the cutting edge of engineering research."

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