"Why use it?
Every business will own some form of intellectual property. It could be the artistic design, shape, technology or brand of your product or process [or, if you're unlucky, someone else's ...], but do you know how to protect and exploit these intellectual assets? The IP Healthcheck online tool is free to use and will help you answer these questions. It’s broken down into the four IP elements covering patents, trade marks, designs and copyright, as well as advice on Licensing Intellectual Property and managing Confidential Information.
What you get
Just answer a series of simple questions and a tailored Confidential Report will be created for you, based on what you have told us. The Report will include
- A list of recommended Action Points, to help you protect and exploit your IP rights;
- An explanation of why we have made each recommendation;
- Guidance on how to put each recommendation into practice;
- Links to useful information, websites and other resources.
How it works
Just click on link below and enter your email details. You will be able to start the Healthcheck right away. If you can't complete the Healthcheck all in one go, you will be able to log back in later and pick up from where you left off.
Need some help?
Our Information Centre on 0300 300 2000 will be able to assist you should you need any help.
Our IP Healthcheck facility is usually available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week".
Merpel notes that the rights concerned -- patents, trade marks, designs and copyright -- as well as the basics of licensing, are either harmonised within the EU or in many respects quite similar. This suggests that the IP Healthcheck may be handy for users even from outside the UK. She wonders how many, if any, Healthcheck users have been attracted from distant parts.
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