University of the Arts London Own It - Creative London Intellectual Property Advice Service Creative London

About Us

Own It is a new service which offers free intellectual property advice for London's creative people.

We offer a range of services, from basic to specialist support, through online and face-to face seminars, workshops and, where appropriate, surgeries with intellectual property lawyers. We work with a network of IP advisors including lawyers and specialists at various trade associations associated with the creative industries in the UK.

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Own It is funded by Creative London and the delivery partner is London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts London.


To provide London's creative people and businesses with the relevant knowledge, advice and support to protect, exploit and value their intellectual property and take full advantage of the capital contained therein, the resulting business developments and growth.

Key Own It people

Marice Cumber

Marice Cumber developed and established Own It, Creative London Intellectual Property Advice Service, at The London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (UAL). Previous to this she devised the concept, set up and managed The Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts, a business support programme for students and graduates of UAL and was also a course director for business and arts courses at UAL.

The provision of intellectual property knowledge and support was always included in these initiatives. Marice continues to manage ECCA and is project director of Own It.

Graham Hitchen

Graham Hitchen is Head of the Creative London programme at the London Development Agency.

Graham has been a leading adviser on national and London regional cultural policy since 1995. He was Corporate Policy Director at the Arts Council of England from 1995 to 2000, being instrumental in a reorientation of the work of the Council in the run-up to and after the election of a Labour Government in 1997. In 1998, he was seconded to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to be part of the Comprehensive Spending Review team. He moved across to the new Greater London Authority in March 2000, where he set up a new Culture office, before moving to the Mayor's Economic Development Agency in January 2002.


Own It, the Creative London Intellectual Property Advice Service was devised by Creative London, as a result of research undertaken by the Mayor's Creative Industries Commission who selected LCC, The University of the Arts London (UAL) to develop, deliver and manage the initiative.

Own It represents a development of existing work done by the Enterprise Centre of the Creative Arts at UAL in terms of offering free intellectual property advice, workshops and information for London's creative practitioners.

Own It was launched in September 2004 and is currently run as a pilot project.

See our partners page for more information on our working links with other leading organisations.


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