I’ll be visiting Newcastle upon Tyne on the 4 July in a free event at its Business & IP Centre, In Conversation with the patent and IP expert, from 4 to 6 pm.
It’s going to be very informal, my talking but also answering questions and joining in discussion about the role of, and importance of, patents and IP. I’ve been in the business since 1987 but as a librarian rather than a patent attorney, which is a slightly unusual approach to the subject. For a number of years we have been emphasising how IP protection has to be backed up by commercialisation by using business information, and we've had lots and lots of visitors and enquiries.
It’s an approach that Newcastle has also developed, particularly since the launch last September of its Business & IP Centre.
Like the British Library, they are working with partners to provide a range of services and activities to help innovators and business people. Since the launch, their librarians have delivered nearly 130 hours of advice on IP to clients, while partners have delivered 123 sessions on topics such as marketing, branding and tax relief. Nearly 1450 people have attended 53 events. It now means that there is a single venue for information and help in IP, as well as business, for the Northeast.
It all sounds terrific, and I’m actually going to see it for myself. I haven't been to Newcastle for many years. I’m looking forward to the evening, and hope that many sign up for this free event.