Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Sara Ludlam, Leeds Inventors Group 17/2/2010

Sara Ludlam, Intellectual Property Solicitor “From garden shed to shop shelf:product development agreements”

We welcomed back Sara, who talked to us last year
“Making money from your IP” Licensing is one of the most common ways of making money from your Intellectual Property 18th March 2009 http://leedsinventorsgroup.blogspot.com/2009/04/leeds-inventors-group-sara-ludlam-18309.ht

This time Sara talked to us about product development agreements. She advises clients about product development agreements which should above all offer value for money.

There a several things to consider and understand with product development agreements
-What do you want from your supplier? Services to be provided?what services are you paying for?e.g.market research,prototype manufacture,industry standards testing,packaging design,marketing,manufacturing services-Do not pay all the money up front

-Conduct issues,your product may not be patented yet so you need strong confidentiality.Do they offer a professional service by responding to emails/phone calls etc. What do you know about your supplier? Go with recommendations/a good reputation.Is time critical? time limits? time to give to the developer

-Do you need legal advice?
(fees/costs of this to consider) "Yes you do"
Sara also went through the legal terms you would come across in an agreement. Force Majeure,royalty,jurisdiction,net sales price,net profit,termination rights and legal clauses such as warranties,indemnities,dispute management,duration of agreement, duration of obligations under the agreement.

You need enough information to make the decision to sign so read the agreement and understand it

the agreement must be in writing to count not just what is talked about.

When you read the agreement have all of these questions in mind-
Who will own the background ip, the foreground ip(improvements/other new ip)?
A confidential information clause
What do you get for your money?
When do you get it?
If you don't get what you where expecting, what can you do about it?

If there is anything you do not understand DO NOT SIGN IT!

For more information contact
Sara Ludlam, Ludlams IP Specialists
Telephone: 0113 200 68 96 http://www.ludlams.co.uk/.co.uk

Dragons' Den

Entrepreneurs from across the country once again have a chance to make their business dreams come true by appearing on Dragons’ Den. If you’re genuinely seeking investment for your business idea or invention, we’d like to hear from you.

The BBC is currently searching for Britain’s best entrepreneurs and will be auditioning throughout the coming months. We want to hear from anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to enter the Dragons’ Den.

If you would like an application form please send an e-mail to dragonsden@bbc.co.uk or visit www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The Enterprise Shows 2010

The Enterprise shows consist of a series of 2 day events designed to help anyone wishing to start or develop a business. You will be able to access business advice and information from a diverse range of support organisations and attend a range of seminars and talks.

Staff from Business and Patents will be present at the following Enterprise Shows. Find us in Zone 3 -Research.

Date: 27th & 28th March
Time: Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday 10am-4pm
Location: Millennium Square - Leeds

Date: 10th & 11th April
Time: Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday 10am-4pm
Location: City Hall - Hull

Date: 8th & 9th May
Time: Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday 10am-4pm
Location: York Race course

Also at:
Date: 24th & 25th April
Time: Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday 10am-4pm
Location: Sheffield, Meadow Hall Coach Park

find your nearest show: Leeds, Hull, Sheffield or York and register for your FREE priority entry tickets either online or by phone on 0800 032 2626.

More information:

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Andy Taylor, Enterprise Europe Yorkshire. Leeds Inventors Group 20th Jan 2010

“Finding opportunities for novel technology & inventions” Andy Taylor, Enterprise Europe Yorkshire. Leeds Inventors Group 20th Jan 2010

Andy began by explaining his own background as a scientist involved in materials science and engineering, silicon processing, nanotechnology and analytical chemistry. He has been an inventor himself and also involved in an anti-counterfeiting company.
He then went on to explain the structure of the Enterprise Europe network, a support network covering 40 European countries and 600 organisations. Enterprise Europe Yorkshire offers business advice – particularly in relation to Europe - a technology transfer service and a partnership programme. They can match up people looking for particular technologies and people looking to have theirs exploited by working with them to build up a profile of what they have to offer and what they are looking for.

It is important for anyone looking to use the services of Enterprise Europe Yorkshire to be clear about what they have to offer and why it is novel. They also need to be equally clear about what they would want from a partner such as what type of technology is required and what kind of collaboration it would be.
Andy briefly went into European Framework Programme 7 under which they currently operate. This is the EC mechanism for funding collaborative research and technological development with a fund of 50 billion Euros over 7 years. As he said, involvement with the programme involves a lot of commitment and is not a short-term fix or a way to make a profit.

Enterprise Europe Yorkshire: www.ee-yorkshire.com
Enquiries contact 0800 0528156