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  • Equity

    Equity is a trade union which represents the 'professional entertainment' sector. Their membership includes actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, stage managers, theatre directors and designers, variety and circus artists, television and radio presenters, walk-on and supporting artists, stunt performers and directors and theatre fight directors.

    Equity offers copyright and other IP advice, including contract advice, to its members.

     

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  • Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA)

    MDDA works across a wide range of projects with a large number of different partners from the government, business, education and community sectors.

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  • Creative Archive License Group

    The BBC, the BFI, Channel 4 and the Open University set up the Creative Archive Licence Group in April 2005 to make their content available for download under the terms of the Creative Archive Licence, a single, shared user licence scheme for the downloading of moving images, audio and stills.

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  • Business Finance North West

    Business Finance North West supports new and established businesses that are unable to borrow from traditional lenders for all or some of the finance needed. They also recognise that people from the creative industries sector have particular difficulties when it comes to developing a sustainable business and borrowing finance, and have therefore introduced a specific Creative Industries Loan Fund.

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  • Mark Litwak - Protecting Your Stories - Borrowed Elements or Stolen Ideas?

    This article by Mark Litwak, a US-based entertainment lawyer, offers an interesting discussion of script protection, copyright and 'idea theft' in the film industry. Note that it relates to US law, and you may find that UK law would differ in its treatment of cases.

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  • Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts (ECCA)

    ECCA offers free creative business services and facilities including: seminars, workshops, training and events; one-to-one business advice from specialist creative business advisors; free advice from accountants and tax specialists; resource library for the small creative business; website with extensive links to relevant agencies and services; up-to-date diary of creative industry events; online factsheets and podcasts; and access to a creative business support network. This service is available to students and graduates of the University of the Arts London who have either set up their own business in the last three years, or are thinking about starting one.

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  • Government Office North East (GONE)

    Government Office North East (GONE)

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  • Innovate

    Company helping inventors get their ideas off the ground, Innovate provides advice on patent protection, design and development, concept visualisation for presentation, prototyping and marketing know-how.

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  • AOM Enterprises Ltd

    We are an Internationally recognised Arts Agency and we currently represent more than 100 Visual Artists from around the world. In addition to our agency services, we also run an online Art Space website and various other associated design services.

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  • Lawgirl

    LA-based lawyer Jodi L Sax specialises in entertainment and IP, and her informal online blog covers mainly music-industry issues from a US perspective.

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  • Creativity Works (East Lancashire)

    Creativity Works (East Lancashire)

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  • National Portrait Gallery

    The National Portrait Gallery has the largest collection of portraits in the world. As one of the only national collections to commission work, it combines the contemporary with the historical, making the National Portrait Gallery a living archive of Britain's most influential and famous figures.

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  • Merseyside ACME

    Merseyside ACME

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  • Dynamic50 Ltd

    Full service Web Design and Development agency based in London, UK. Specialising in bespoke web development using Ruby on Rails.

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  • New Producers Alliance (NPA)

    Established in 1993 the NPA is the national membership organisation for film producers, screenwriters and directors and a registered charity. The NPA is an international training and support provider.

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  • Creative CV Consultants

    We help students and graduates prepare their job applications for the UK's creative industries. Our range of CV and cover letter services are designed to fit around your requirements, whether you are on a tight deadline and want us to review your documents via email or prefer to meet face-to-face.

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  • New Media Knowledge (NMK)

    NMK is a learning and business information resource for companies and individuals working in digital interactive media. It recently joined forces with ISBA, the representative body for UK advertisers, and the IPA, representing communications agencies, to develop and launch a specialist ‘Model Contract' for website design and maintenance. The contract is available free of charge to members of the NMK community.

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  • Percy Emmett

    Training and support for creative business in the UK. Offering a resource centre at www.percyemmett.com for registered members (currently free).

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  • Hidden Art

    Hidden Art is an award-winning not-for-profit membership organisation that supports and promotes UK designers and designer-makers.

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  • KHUKHUZ FASHION LTD

    Khukhuz is a ladies wear brand that creates high fashion clothing by mainly fusing African high fashion fabrics with any other high fashion fabrics for ladies with any body shape.

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  • London Photographic Association (LPA)

    The principal objective of the LPA is to give photographers and photography international exposure through the Association's awards structure, online exhibitions, portfolio and essay space, public space exhibitions and relationships with other members of the media, creative and photographic communities worldwide.

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  • IPRsonline.org

    IPRsonline.org is an internet portal on IP rights and sustainable development. It contains a selection of relevant online documents and resources, including a guide to IP rights, proposals submitted to the WTO, discussion papers classified by topics, a calendar of IP-related events, news, and links to listservs and relevant institutions working on IP rights.

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  • Brunel Law School

    Brunel is a world-class university based in Uxbridge, West London. Born just over 40 years ago, Brunel's distinctive mission has always been to combine academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by our namesake Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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  • Copyright4Clients.com

    Set up by the Association of Photographers (AOP) to assist members working with agencies and design companies who are used to commissioning photography. This basic guide provides guidance on photographic practice and copyright, including re-usage and licensing guidelines, a sample licence and FAQs.

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  • UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO)

    The UK-IPO is the official government body responsible for granting IP rights in the UK. It is an executive agency of the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

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  • Intellectual Property in Designs

    Intellectual Property in Designs is a comprehensive yet practical reference source for the various IP rights protecting designs. Providing guidance on individual circumstances where clients need to be advised about an infringement or the protection for the design, the title contains examples and product illustrations of infringements and designs that are or are not protectable throughout. Written by John Sykes, an experienced IP author and practitioner, with contributions from foreign contributors, it covers UK and EU-wide law as well as other major jurisdictions such as the US, Japan, China and East Europe.

    Publisher: Butterworths Law
    Published: 2005

     

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  • Street Angels Productions & Consultancy

    We are an Entertainment Service provider specializing in performance art, music and literary publishing, theatre, film and television directing and mentoring.

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  • Copywatch

    Copywatch protect copyright owners by offering a £100,000 reward for those reporting copyright infringement (specifically for the illegal, systematic photocopying of books, journals and magazines) within private and public sector organisations in the UK.

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  • British Design Initiative (BDI)

    BDI is a not-for-profit yet commercially-focused organisation. It brings together the ‘thinkers and linkers' in the innovation space including strategic designers, brand and business owners, academics and dealmakers. These experts exchange knowledge and ethically and safely create, develop and trade IP.

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  • MusicLeader North West

    MusicLeader North West provides access to professional development and training for music leaders at every stage of their career. They aim to equip the North West's music leaders with the skills to deliver or manage music projects by providing bespoke training and networking events, as well as sign-posting toward existing continuing professional development provision.

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  • British Photographers' Liaison Committee (BPLC)

    Provides advice and information for photographers on copyright issues, and publishes ABCD of Photographic Copyright.
    [Listing information courtesy of our partner, Artquest]

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  • Collaborative Arts Network

    CAN.is a creative agency and collaborative network where freelancers can exchange knowledge and develop the projects they love. The Collaborative Arts Network is a growing creative enterprise operating by virtue of a collaborative ethos, where creatives can meet like-minded people, share projects and access work opportunities. CAN.is our positive reaction to the arts and university funding cuts; it’s the ever-growing voice of a new, proactive generation who believe collaboration is the key to opportunity. For more information on CAN. visit our website: www.can.is"

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  • Crafts Council Photostore

    Photostore is the Crafts Council's new online resource which allows you to search quickly and simply for contemporary British crafts. Photostore Online features over 1,000 selected designers-makers and 50,000 images of their work. Search for free.

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  • SOLO IP – the blog for independent IP practitioners

    A community discussion group for sole IP practitioners, wherever they are in the world - whether in their own businesses or working for others - as well as new small firms on a growth curve.

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  • Digital Copyright: Law and Practice

    Copyright law is rapidly changing. The digitisation of content and the growth of the Internet pose many challenges to the way copyright-protected material is protected, licensed and managed. The two World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Treaties of 1996 dealing with copyright, related rights and new technology gave fresh legislative impetus to efforts in Europe to adapt and harmonise copyright law to the challenges of the information society. The result was the 2001 Copyright Directive. This Directive was implemented into UK law on 31 October 2003 by Statutory Instrument. This book was the first UK text to examine digital copyright together with related areas such as performers' rights, moral rights, database rights and competition law as a subject in its own right. It was first published by Butterworths in 2001 and has now been revised to take account of the UK implementation of the Directive.
    The opportunity has also been taken to update it generally. The focus is on an examination of the new law together with the practical aspects: precedents and precedent checklists dealing with common digital copyright transactions are included across a range of industries and sectors. Academics, researchers, and students will find the book helpful in putting digital copyright law into perspective. Practising lawyers, rights managers, and anyone concerned with the exploitation and management of digital content or data in academia, publishing, media, software, galleries and museums, finance, commerce and industry will find the book an invaluable guide. By Simon Stokes

    Publisher: Hart Publishing
    Published: 2005

     

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  • London IP

    London IP are a Highbury based company providing Patent Services throughout London and the surrounding areas. Information on the range of Patent Services offered by London IP can be obtained by phoning 020 7193 8598 or visiting them at 2 Cobble Mews.

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  • The Art Guide

    The Art Guide is a detailed listings site that provides access to up-to-date information about visual arts activity in the North West region. It includes details of art fairs, artist book launches, exhibition previews, open studio days, talks, conferences, and live art performances.

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  • arttia creative

    CREATIVE SERVICES
    Providing you with a imaginative, creative and inspiring service tailored to suit your needs, whether a new start-up or an established organisation. With twenty years professional experience using design, imagination and eye catching ideas to create a wow! Arttia has a range of specialist services to cover all aspects of marketing and promotion, from developing brands that consumers love to producing unforgettable literature and advertising.

    • logos & branding
    • literature
    • stationery
    • newsletters
    • direct mail
    • retail display
    • advertising
    • illustration
    • packaging
    • print management

    WEBSITES AND ONLINE SERVICES
    An essential part of today's communication mix. Working closely with you, arttia will create a relevant solution, for a new online presence or a 'refresh' of an existing site. We have the skills to humanise your customers' online experience, making navigation easy, information forthcoming, or online shopping a pleasure. Arttia aims to create new ways for you to engage, interact and entertain your audience:

    • consultancy & planning
    • design & build
    • e-commerce
    • hosting
    • content management
    • online marketing
    • online advertising
    • email marketing
    • search optimization
    • presentations
    • animation
    • games
    • desktop applications
    • iphone, mobile and PDA applications
    • software solutions

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  • Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI)

    Established in 1993, MDI aims to develop dance across Merseyside through Participation, Promotion and Production of the art form.

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  • Love Reading

    Lovereading was founded for book lovers by book lovers in 2005. The website includes free 10-15 page opening extracts of featured books.

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  • FaddaSantos

    product & furniture design studio supplying design services to brand manufacturers, department stores and cultural institutions.

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  • Creative Barcode

    The easiest way to authenticate and protect your creative work & innovation concepts worldwide. Creative Barcode, digital Barcode Design Protection system just £30 per annum inc barcode generator/App; Trust Charter supported by World Intellectual Property Organisation, 5 barcodes and Community Directory entry

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  • Patent Reference

    A US site offering information for inventors and the patent community about inventions and patents, including a searchable directory of hand-picked patent websites, community forums and wiki.

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  • Harrison Goddard Foote

    Harrison Goddard Foote are one of the largest patent and trade mark attorney practices in the United Kingdom with offices in Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Rugby, Sheffield and York. Harrison Goddard Foote comprises of around thirty partners and over 60 trade mark and patent attorneys. Together with its associated law firm, HGF Law, Harrison Goddard Foote advises some of the world's leading corporations in relation to IP law in the electronics, pharma, chemistry, nanotechnology and advanced engineering fields. The firm also manages numerous global trade mark portfolios of leading companies and provides strategic legal advice in relation to trade marks and all forms of IP rights, including their protection and enforcement.

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  • David Ramsay

    business consultant specialising in the creative industries with hands on experience of design,product development,licensing and business development

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  • Intellectual Property

    The 6th edition of this title provides a substantial view of IP law, dealing with principles, academic issues and practical considerations. Split into well structured parts, each comprises an introductory chapter on basic principles, and subsequent chapters addressing the particular aspects of each right. The book provides an historical background to the current statutory and common law framework and analyses the grey areas revealed as English law struggles to keep up with technological change and European harmonisation. Coverage is not limited to UK law, but includes appropriate international and regional legislation and decisions. By David I Bainbridge

    Publisher: Longman
    Published: 2006

     

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  • Architecture Centre

    Based in Bristol, the Architecture Centre is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion and exploration of excellence in all aspects of the built environment.

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  • Design Council

    The Design Council demonstrates and promotes the role of design in the UK via campaigns, research and development and a range of support services. The easy-to-use website contains a comprehensive section on IP, as well as case studies and lots of useful information about all aspects of design and the design process, written from a variety of perspectives.

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  • Musicforever records and Publishing Limited

    On-line Music Library - we supply music for Film, Adverts, Commercials, Documentaries

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  • North West Jazz Works

    NWJazzworks provides support for the region's jazz musicians, venues, listeners and industries.

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  • Venture Proof Limited

    We have helped thousands of inventors and entrepreneurs to get their ideas off the ground and businesses to protect their products and services. We can help you today.

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  • Film London

    Film London is an agency for the film and media sector in London. Film London supports over 1,000 film, TV and advertising projects each year through its unique locations library, crew and facilities database. Film London also offers opportunities for the capital's filmmakers to hone their skills and develop their business potential, and for Londoners to have access to watch the widest range of films.

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  • Baby Lou Productions Ltd

    We are a video production company specialising in corporate videos, theatre productions, showreels and weddings.

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  • The Association of Independent Music (AIM)

    A trade body and membership organisation, AIM promotes and protects music independents on a national and international level. AIM negotiates with the biggest players in the industry and government, and aims to assist the independent sector in relation to the increasingly complex issues which, in their words, "threaten to betray the apparent simplicity of selling good music". AIM produces a guide to the business for new, as well as established music professionals. It is available in an interactive CD-Rom format (free to members).

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  • Contact Theatre

    Contact is a space where new kinds of theatre are created. Contact is a place where artists can meet, develop, explore and take risks. Contact is a young people's theatre, where you can grow, learn and make decisions as a young artist, audience member, organiser or leader.

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  • CRISTA REPO, CR Studios ltd

    Crista Repo is a Finnish entrepreneur and creative director of her own designer label based in London.

    Her menswear collections focus on minimal Scandinavian design in exclusive high-end materials. Having attended art school in her native Finland, where she later on earned a vocational degree in visual communications, Crista uses these Scandinavian influences in her collections. These are reflected in her designs and visual aesthetics, as well as inspiring her inclusion of ethical Finnish leathers and furs, with fabrics originating mainly from Italy, France and UK.

    Having studied at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, then going on to complete her masters in International Fashion Management at the London College of Fashion, Crista established a strong theoretical background in fashion and the business skills of managing international brands. In addition to her education, before founding CR Studios ltd, the company behind her designer label, Crista further developed her keen interests working in diverse roles across different fields of fashion from retail to PR and communications. Her experience working as a menswear stylist has had a particularly strong influence in the development of her brand. Crista also aspires to incorporate her love for art and design into her collections by collaborating with visual artists in various fields of communication.

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  • Crefovi

    Law firm for the creative industries, entertainment law firm based in London and Paris. Best qualified to navigate fashion law, art law, music law, film law & IT law.

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  • Coeur

    Menswear Lifestyle Brand

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  • The UK Copyright Service (UKCS)

    The UKCS is an established specialist in the area of copyright registration, and protects thousands of works by individuals and companies. This can be used as evidence of copyright and proof against future claims and disputes. Check the website for a brief guide to UK copyright, frequently asked questions, copyright links and details of how to register your work.

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  • BEARSPACE

    Edit BEARSPACE is a recently established contemporary art gallery situated on thriving and urban Deptford High Street, in South East London. BEARSPACE shows the cutting edge of emerging talent, promoting recently established artists responding to contemporary stimulus and topics with wit and innovation in a range of media. BEARSPACE has gained attention by producing vibrant exhibitions, whilst maintaining and developing a business like attitude towards artists and artwork, identifying promising work by artists and promoting this on an international scale.

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  • Landscapes For Every Mood

    Business is based on landscape photography and the retailing of products derived from the images such as greetings cards, fine art prints and calendars.

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  • CABE

    Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) – inspiring people to demand more from their buildings and spaces.

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  • Allen IP Limited

    Allen IP provides UK, European, International, and Foreign, Intellectual Property services. We regularly process applications before the UK IP Office, the European Patent Office, OHIM – for European Union designs and trademarks, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). We deal with a wide range of technologies, and have specific technical expertise in relation to inventions and designs in the engineering technical field, and neighbouring technical fields.

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  • MW Trade Marks

    European Trade Mark and Design Attorneys based in the UK. Members of ITMA and regulated by IPReg.

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  • University of the Arts

    Arts London is Europe's largest university for art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. It comprises Comprising six internationally renowned colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.

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  • Business Link Northwest

    If you're already running your own business, just starting out, or have a great business idea, Business Link can help. Get in touch and you'll have access to all the information, advice and practical assistance you need to give your business the best chance of sustained success.

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  • Open Rights Group

    The aim of the Open Rights Group is to raise awareness in the media of digital rights abuses and provide a media clearinghouse, connecting journalists with experts and activists. The group also aims to preserve and extend traditional civil liberties in the digital world and to collaborate with other digital rights and related organisations.

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  • Shooting People – The UK Filmmakers' Network

    Shooting People is an online service run for and by filmmakers that has revolutionised the UK indie film scene by allowing all groups of filmmakers to instantly connect with each other on a daily basis through its email bulletins and events.

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  • M4West Productions, Ltd.

    Feature Film Development and Production

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  • No 5 Portland Place

    No 5 Portland Place is the website of the British Clothing Industry Association (BCIA) and UK Fashion Exports (UKFE). With a common membership agreement, whereby BCIA members benefit from the services of UKFE and vice versa, the two organisations work with and support a large proportion of the industry. BCIA guides and advises its members on all the essential aspects of running a business and supplying clothing and knitwear to the global marketplace. UKFE gives help and advice on how to achieve sales in overseas markets.

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  • BHP Law

    BHP is the region's most innovative law firm. No other firm acts for more creative businesses or more early stage businesses than us. And no other firm comes close to our level of experience in dealing with Business Link. That's F-A-C-T fact, baby.

    We believe in getting to know you and finding out what the priorities are for your business before getting stuck in. And with a commitment to delivering value-for-money fixed price services, you can be reassured by the fact that this is where we make our living not for PR.

    Matthew Rippon has been engaged with creative businesses supported by the region's universities and enterprise agencies since 2004. He delivers workshops and clinics at Teesside, Northumbria and Newcastle Universities and via a plethora of agencies and programmes including DigitalCity Business, Sunderland Software Ventures and Finance Tree. But we go beyond the conventional. In addition to a high quality IP and commercial resource, we can offer you services in a variety of fields, including property sales, financial services and sports talent management. And unlike the others, we have offices across the region, so we're bound to be somewhere near you.

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  • Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)

    The ALCS is the UK rights management society for writers. Wholly owned and controlled by writers, its principal business is to collect and distribute fees to writers whose works have been copied, broadcast or recorded. It also offers copyright and other legal advice to members.

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  • IPKat

    The IPKat is an informative and entertaining blog devoted to IP news and issues, particularly from the UK and Europe. Produced by London-based intellectual property enthusiasts Jeremy Phillips and Ilanah Simon, IPKat regularly posts articles and updates on trade marks, patents, copyrights, designs, confidentiality, privacy, publicity and other IP topics.

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  • Gary Alexander

    Photographer and Teacher

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  • Music Publishers' Association (MPA)

    The MPA is a membership trade organisation for music publishers. Acting on behalf of the music publishing business, the MPA also takes part in high-level national and international lobbying and the negotiation of various collective agreements, guidelines and schemes. The site also offers various copyright guides for music publishers, including a guide to copyright licensing in schools.

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  • Patent It Yourself

    Patent It Yourself is a guidebook that allows you, the inventor, to patent and commercially exploit your invention by yourself. David Pressman has created a "hands-on" book about US patents. You get a lot of information for a small amount of money and the information in totally up-to-date. Engineers in small companies should read this book, as it will open your eyes as to how easy it is to protect the stuff you design, and using low-cost things like the Provisional Patent Application ... you can file a rough document and, if within a year it seems worth it, file for a normal Patent. A perfect concept for high-tech start-ups who may not have the money in the early days to patent everything, yet the VC people want to see some protection in the works.

    Publisher: NOLO
    Published: 2008

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  • Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI)

    London-based Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) is a primary research centre for all aspects of IP law and policy, including the contribution of IP to industrial innovation, technology transfer, global trade and economic development.

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  • Institute of Patentees & Inventors

    Membership organisation that promotes IP rights and provides guidance on other topics as diverse as originality searching, manufacturing practices, pricing practices, presentation techniques, funding and invention exploitation.

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  • Veritas Design & Innovation Ltd

    As experienced Industrial Design and Product Design Consultants with a proven track record in product manufacturing, we know that a design needs more than just to look good for it to be a commercial success. Our team have a vast experience of every part of the new product development process across many different industries. Veritas is a company with big ideas. Our unique structure and approach ensures that the team are 100% involved in and committed to your project and business from the outset. This with our output of well thought out, functional and stylish designs is why our clients return again and again. Whether your requirements are for new ideas, to reduce manufacturing costs, refresh an existing product line or as a lone inventor with the next must-have idea, we are able to advise and help at every stage of the product development process. With offices in Central London and in rural Hampshire and manufacturing partners across the UK and in the Far East, Veritas are modern product design consultants with innovation at the heart of everything we do.

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  • Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA)

    As the UK's professional association for trade mark specialists, ITMA's site provides a useful UK-wide locator if you are looking for a trade mark attorney, as well as a guide to registering trade marks.

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  • Have More Clients

    Provide marketing advice, support and “know how” to service-based businesses by making the most of the internet, social media and content based marketing. We combine those traditional marketing tools that still work with the online tools to help clients build their position as authorities, create additional revenue streams and have more clients. We use our own successful track record in social media to create winning programmes and training sessions.

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  • Elsa Sandy

    Interior & Garden Product Designer

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  • The Toolkit (Manchester)

    The Toolkit (Manchester)

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  • LawWorks

    LawWorks is the operating name of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) – an independent charity with a mission to support, promote and encourage a commitment to pro bono across the solicitors' profession.

    LawWorks runs a number of projects which provide a brokerage and/or consultancy service to facilitate the delivery of pro bono (free) legal advice to individuals, small community groups, charities and social enterprises which may otherwise not have the means to pay for it.

     

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  • 1975.co

    • Brand Identity
    • Digital Magazines
    • Art Direction

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  • Arts Advice

    Careers advice for the creative industries, including visual artists. Their copyright section offers a basic guide to copyright issues for artists.

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  • Simmons & Simmons

    Simmons & Simmons is an international law firm with one of the most highly regarded intellectual property teams in the world. We provide a seamless global service to a large number of international clients. Offering an unparalleled level of expertise, in-depth sector focus and a reputation for winning complex matters for our clients we are proud to bring our expertise to Own-it and the IP advice service it provides for its members. Specific areas we can help with include copyright and design rights, technology transfers, licensing and acquisitions and trade mark advice and litigation.

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  • Dance initiative Greater Manchester (DiGM)

    DiGM is Greater Manchester's central dance organisation, providing a whole range of opportunities for dance. Its work covers a range of areas from community grants for dance projects in the districts, to the bi-annual international festival Urban Moves. DiGM works with dance artists and companies, arts organisations, community groups, venues, local authorities and funders.

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  • MCPS-PRS Alliance

    MCPS-PRS Alliance is a UK membership organisation which collects licence fees for the public performance and broadcast of musical works, and collects and distributes 'mechanical' royalties generated from the recording of music onto many different formats. The site has a host of useful info for musicians, including guides to music copyright, broadcast issues and licensing.

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  • Northern Actors Centre

    The Northern Actors Centre will play an effective and pro-active role within the theatre and broadcasting professions in the North of England. It will make a strategic contribution to the development of the performing arts and to education and vocational training and support in the region it serves.

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  • Design Trust

    The Design Trust, a registered charity, promotes the excellence of British design and helps designers with business training after they leave college.

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  • Bemuso.com

    Bemuso is a resource for independent artists, DIY record labels and self-publishers. The resources pages will help you set up your own music website in the UK. It's complete except for CD duplication, and covers everything except material, performance and publicity.

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  • Sintons LLP

    Sintons is a leading commercial law firm based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We offer a full range of legal services to private and public sector clients. We provide each client with a dedicated team of advisors to fit their needs by drawing together professionals from across our Company and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Commercial Property and Private Client practice groups.Our dedicated specialist IP/IT team can offer advice in relation to the protection, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property including trade marks, copyright, design and patents; technology transfer issues; issues relating to privacy and confidentiality including drafting and advising on non-disclosure agreements; drafting and negotiating licences and assignments; website development and website audits including data protection and privacy policies.

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  • The Manchester Society of Architects (MSA)

    The MSA organises architectural events, lectures, awards travel scholarships and bursaries to students for interesting projects, and design competitions where prestigious awards are presented for the efforts of architects and architectural students.

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  • The Guardian, Media Law section

    The Guardian newspaper runs a snappy online section covering recent hot topics and trends in media law. As well as courtroom drama reports, the site includes the latest news on the legal side of advertising, sponsorship deals, celebrity endorsements and controversies within the photography/media world (usually involving Photoshop and accusations of the publication of doctored images.) Registration (free of charge) is required to access this part of The Guardian site.

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  • Directors Guild of Great Britain

    The Directors Guild Trust and the Directors Guild of Great Britain work together to promote and support directing across all media: film, television, theatre, radio, opera, commercials, music videos, corporate film, multimedia and new technology. The Guild hosts events and training, produces and sponsors publications, has a respected public voice on arts and media policy and is a forum for members to meet and share experience and skills.

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  • Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

    The V&A is the greatest museum of art and design, a world treasure house with collections of fabulous scope and diversity. The Museum holds over 3,000 years worth of artifacts from many of the world's richest cultures, including fashionable dress, jewellery and accessories from the 17th century to the present day.

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  • Elexica

    Award-winning, free online legal resource created for lawyers by leading international law firm Simmons & Simmons.

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  • Webresponsive

    Webresponsive develops responsive e-commerce websites using Magento, Prestashop, and Shopify.

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  • Illumini

    MISSION Illumini is a not for profit organisation, that provides free unique illuminating art events, for the publics enjoyment. Illumini promotes artists from any background and experience, who work with light, from visual artIsts to performers. Along side the biennale Illumini events in September 2008 & 2010, in between these dates, there are other events that Illumini creates. We also help promote artists and creative individuals and businesses, through our website, with a directory of profile pages. Online resources for artists are available through the website and newsletters. The aim of Illumini is not just to showcase art, but is to entertain, introducing all communities that may not normally visit the arts to a different approach; many being exposed to the arts for the first time. All visitors, including families, are kept entertained by the spectacular performances. The children in particular are able to interact with not only the performers but also the actual artwork. The founder Jane Webb, believes the arts should be free and easily assessable for all, and stressed this for the 'Illumini' events. This has been reflected by the amount of people, who attended, as well as the positive comments and feedback received. EVENT & HISTORY Jane Webb, artist and curator, began 'Illumini Events' in 2008, after discovering an extraordinary location that of an underground crypt, (the Crypt St Pancras Church, Euston Rd, London) which is in marked contrasts to the ordinary 'white wall' gallery space. Jane was particularly interested, in artists from a variety of backgrounds, genres and experience, ranging from visual artist to performers all working with light. Illumini's opening night was complimented with a full evening of free entertainment, fire performers, stilt walkers, illuminating juggling, light shows and performance artists, working with illumination taking place throughout the crypt. It was not an elitist Private View night, but rather an evening where everybody was welcome and able to enjoy the arts for free. The opening night, for Illumini 2008, attracted over 3,000 people, all who were able to experience the illuminatory and dazzling effect this diverse collection of artwork had on the famous St Pancras Crypt's desolate and unsettling environment. Throughout the duration of the event, illumini received 7,145 visitors.

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  • How Do

    How-Do serves the media industry in the North West of England. How-Do offers news, opinion and resources for those working in all aspects of media in the region.

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  • Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN)

    GWIIN works to recognise women inventors and their stories - many of which involve IP and patents.
    An international membership-based organisation, it runs an award ceremony for female inventors and entrepreneurs, as well as hosting numerous London-based discussion events on issues facing women entrepreneurs. It also runs the British Female inventors & Innovators Network (BFIIN, www.bfiin.com).

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  • British Photographic Industry Copyright Association

    Provides photographers with copyright information and legal advice.
    [Listing information courtesy of our partner, Artquest]

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  • Nerve Centre (Bolton)

    Nerve Centre (Bolton)

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  • Legal music downloads – a guide

    The Guardian's 2004 list of recommended sites from which you can download music in a legally-acceptable way. The site also covers the many music labels now offering downloads direct.

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  • InterChange Legal Advisory Service

    InterChange offers legal advice to charities and other-not-for-profit organisations (as well as to people wishing to set up charities). It covers a number of different areas of law and has extensive experience of working with the creative industries. The first hour's consultation is free, with further advice charged at affordable, subsidised rates.

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  • First Shoots

    First Shoots is a London based, youth directed media project geared at enabling children and teenagers to make short films. Launched in 2011, First Shoots is run by a dedicated team of artists, filmmakers and youth workers. We run community film projects you can get involved with or you can ask us to come in to work with your school or youth group.

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  • Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN)

    The Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) supports London-based artists working in moving image, whether film, video, digital, animation or new technologies and for installation, cinema, gallery exhibition, the public realm or broadcast. The Network helps artists engage with and benefit from the wide range of services, resources and opportunities that the capital has to offer. It works in partnership with various organisations to provide: funding, events, seminars, advice, surgeries, residencies, training and workshops.

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  • Jaque Thay: Author, Editor and Proofreader

    Freelancing for content-creation, copy-editing and proofreading work.

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  • 01 Zero One

    01zero-one has established a reputation as a centre of excellence for training and skills development across the converging sectors of London's audio visual and interactive digital media industries. Courses focus on film, TV, interactive and digital media.

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  • Modern Intellectual Property Law

    This book sets out the core principles for each of the main IP rights in an understandable but stimulating fashion. In order to facilitate a greater understanding of the way IP law rights work, the book highlights the conceptual justifications for these exclusive rights and substantively assesses their practical value according to these justifications. The law presented is that of the UK as it is shaped by European Union and Convention obligations. IP law is of increasing practical significance in the information age, touching on all creative endeavours. In the new millennium, it becomes an even more exciting and important branch of study and this book will guide students through its complexities and challenges. By Catherine Colston and Kirsty Middleton

    Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
    Published: 2005

     

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  • Burns Auto Parts - Consultants

    Marketing advice and consultations for commercial photographers and other creatives from Leslie Burns-Dell'Acqua.

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  • Platform 3

    Advice and information service for London-based artists and arts professionals.

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  • Community Arts North West (CAN)

    CAN are an arts development organisation working in partnership with voluntary sector communities, agencies and artists to encourage, develop, create, produce and promote cultural programmes of work.

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  • The Association of Photographers (AOP)

    The Association of Photographers is a membership trade association that advances and protects the rights of photographers. As a member of The Pyramide organisation, the AOP provides a lobby platform promoting author's rights, and consults when relevant legislation is tabled across the EU. There is a page and link on the site to the VCI (Visual Creators Index), which protects and promotes the rights of creators of visual images in the digital environment, and is currently engaged in setting a universal standard format for creator ID's for marking digital images.

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  • Skillfast UK

    Skillfast UK is the website of the Sector Skills Council for fashion and textiles. It exists to help employers to compete in a global market, by ensuring access to a skilled workforce, capable of delivering the added-value products and services the world market requires.

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  • Artquest

    Artquest is a comprehensive advice and information service for London's professional visual artists and craftspeople. As well as information to cover all aspects of an artist / craftsperson's career (including studios, deadlines dates, materials, articles on getting an exhibition and becoming self-employed), the site has a dedicated section on IP issues and lists law firms and legal advisors. Certain listings are also relevant to photographers.

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  • Alliance & Reliance Ltd

    Business Plan Marketing Plan Feasibility Study Brand Management Advertising Campaign Supply Chain Solution Purchase & Sales Strategy Enterprise Resource Planning Recruitment Advisory Services Business Administration Services

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  • BRP Ltd.

    Based in Newcastle, we exclusively promote to tranform - ethnic minorities and cultural events and businesses in the N. E. of England.

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  • Visual Artists Ireland

    All-Ireland membership body for professional artists. Providing services, facilities and resources and acting as an advocate for visual artists.

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  • London Development Agency (LDA)

    The LDA is the Mayor's agency responsible for driving London's sustainable economic growth. It's the LDA's job to ensure that London remains a global success story. In addition to driving forward equality, health and sustainability, its work is prioritised by four themes: places and infrastructure; supporting people; encouraging business; and marketing London.

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  • Cornerpiece Web Design & Development

    Cornerpiece Web Design & Development offers a diverse collection of services, including high-quality web design and development to W3C and WAI standards, content management systems, e-commerce and bespoke web applications. Cornerpiece also specialises in blog template design, search engine optimisation, internet marketing and social media optimisation, database design, server configuration and more.

    • Web design and development
    • E-commerce development
    • Content management systems
    • Blog template design
    • Search engine optimisation
    • Social media optimisation
    • Database design and development
    • Web services (WSDL, SOAP, REST, etc)
    • Server configuration
    • Hosting, domain names and emails
    • Printing services
    • Friendly professional service

    Check out our website for full details of the services we offer and to view some of our previous work.

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  • North West Radio

    This site provides contact details for all radio stations in and around the North West of England.

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  • British Jewellers' Association (BJA)

    The BJA is the national trade association for UK jewellery and silverware suppliers. With 800 member companies, it represents designer jewellers and silversmiths, manufacturers, bullion suppliers, casting houses, diamond and gem dealers, equipment suppliers and wholesalers. BJA provides its members with jewellery-focused services and benefits including design contracts, free information and advice, exhibition discounts and promotion via the trade press and its own website.

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  • Society of Authors

    The Society of Authors has been serving the interests of professional writers for more than a century. Whatever your specialisation, from novelists to doctors, textbook writers to ghost writers, broadcasters to academics, illustrators to translators, you are eligible as soon as you have been offered a contract. The staff are ready to help members with any query, however trivial or obscure, relating to the business of writing.

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  • Planispheres

    Production and entertainment consultancy, facilitating independent film, television and digital projects. Planispheres supports established and emerging producers and production companies, and runs workshops and masterclasses as an established training provider.

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  • Zion Arts Centre

    Zion Arts centre is a unique multi art form venue with theatre and gallery space, a music and dance studio, and rehearsal and recording facilities.

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  • Skillset

    Skillset is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Creative Media which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging and publishing.

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  • Free Software Foundation (FSF)

    Since 1985 the FSF has sponsored the development of the free software operating system GNU. The GNU/Linux variant of GNU is already widely used and can be accessed from this website. The GNU/Hurd system, based on FSF's GNU Hurd kernel, is also ready for wizards and enthusiasts to try.

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  • Gregg Latchams LLP

    Gregg Latchams is a Bristol law firm representing businesses across the South West and beyond. We have experience advising SMEs and entrepreneurs in the creative and digital media sectors and act for film companies, musicians, record labels, web and mobile app developers, graphic designers, architects, advertising and marketing businesses and publishers. We can advise on a broad range of contractual and other legal matters relevant to creative and media businesses. These include protection of intellectual property and other rights relating to film, text and artwork, publishing agreements, contracts for consultancy and other services and customer and supplier terms. In addition we can help with a variety of more general legal matters which may affect those operating in the sector. These include data protection, employment and property law, director and shareholder issues, litigation and contracts of all kinds. If you have any issues or projects you would like to discuss, we will be pleased to give you some initial strategic thoughts and a price or range.

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  • Kilburn & Strode LLP

    We provide comprehensive advice and services on all aspects of intellectual property matters, including patent and design registration and trade mark choice, clearance, registration and management. We have a team of professionals (see website www.kstrode.co.uk) who have considerable experience in patent, design and trade mark matters in the UK, Europe and internationally. We aim to provide a responsive, friendly, high quality service at a competitive price. Despite having almost 100 years in the business, we have a modern ethos and provide commercially relevant and cost-effective advice. Our advice also includes such matters as domain names, copyright and unregistered design Right matters. Client Services include world-wide experience, managing tens of thousands of cases in over 200 jurisdictions. We are consistently highly ranked for patent and trade mark services by the "Legal 500" and "Managing Intellectual Property". We provide seamless advice transition from trade marks & domain names across copyright, registered and unregistered designs to patents. We regularly advise in connection with due diligence matters arising from portfolio sales or purchases. We provide strategies for patent, trade mark, design and domain name filing, licensing and litigation. We are an exclusively IP Firm, set up to run IP by IP professionals. We also handle contentious matters on behalf of our clients such as oppositions, invalidation, revocation and appeal matters. As well as representing our clients before the relevant tribunals we also advise on and preparation of settlement agreements. Our clients are diverse and range from start-ups and SMEs to larger corporations. We also act on behalf of many UK universities as well as private clients. In the creative industries we have clients across the board. We also act for many household names in connection with trademark and design matters.

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  • Creative Barcode

    Creative Barcode is the first innovation in the Intellectual Property sector for more than 3 decades. It enables Creators & Innovators of all type to authenticate & protect creative work and innovation concepts & to safely-disclose to collaboration partners, intermediaries, funders and industry. It is simply to use, non-complex, legally robust yet more cost effective than any other service. All Creative Barcode users are also supported by World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

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  • Cultural Enterprise Office

    Cultural Enterprise Office is Scotland’s specialist business support and development service for creative businesses and practitioners. Our services include
    Information: online resources & Enquiry Service,
    Advice: free specialist one-to-one sessions and
    Events: dedicated workshops and networking.

    We also deliver Starter for 6, an enterprise training programme that supports up and coming creative entrepreneurs across Scotland with the opportunity to pitch for up to £10,000 of investment.
    Further information can be found on our website www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk where you can also subscribe to our monthly eBulletin. Call the Enquiry Line on 0844 544 9990 (local rate) or email info@culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk for further details.

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  • VeryMark

    Trademark and copyright attorneys

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  • BECTU

    BECTU is the independent union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, visual art, interactive media and allied areas and are primarily based in the UK. It offers various IP-related services to members including personal copyright advice, a script registration service and a copyright information booklet.

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  • Venture Proof Limited

    We have helped thousands of inventors and entrepreneurs to get their ideas off the ground and businesses to protect their products and services. We can help you today.

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  • Art Monthly

    The UK's leading magazine of contemporary visual art, features interviews, profiles on rising stars, up-to-the-minute coverage of trends from independent critics. You can access an online archive of Art Monthly's renowned column on art law, with numerous features on IP at www.artquest.org.uk/artlaw. The site also offers legal information and listings with particular relevance for visual artists, craftspeople and photographers.

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  • Comma Press

    Comma Press is a not-for-profit publishing initiative dedicated to promoting new fiction and poetry, with an emphasis on the short story. It is committed to a spirit of risk-taking and challenging publishing, free of the commercial pressures on mainstream houses.

     

     

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  • Arts Council England

    Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from government and the National Lottery. Its vision is to promote the arts at the heart of national life, reflecting England's rich and diverse cultural identity.

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  • OpenBusiness

    OpenBusiness is a global project examining innovative, new businesses that use the internet and open licenses to improve accessibility to content while creating revenue. The aim of OpenBusiness is to foster the growth of business models, which enhance access to culture and information benefiting individual creators and artists. A number of business models are emerging which attempt to re-define the boundaries around openness, sharing, and making some free content available.

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  • Musicforever records and publishing limited

    Music for film & TV Games, Mobile Phones.

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  • International Centre for Digital Content (ICDC)

    Realising a need to explore the impact of digital technology on society and business, Liverpool John Moores University and Prof. Phil Redmond set up a centre of excellence that would transfer the results of such learning to the business and community sectors.

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  • Arts Council England

    Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts. Between 2003 and 2006 Arts Council will invest £2 billion of public funds in the arts in England, including funding from the National Lottery.

    Their vision is to promote the arts at the heart of national life, reflecting England's rich and diverse cultural identity.

     

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  • British and Irish Legal Information Institute

    BAILII offers access to freely-available British and Irish public legal information. If you're looking for updates on current legal cases in the UK and abroad, including those connected with trademarks, copyrights, patents etc, this database-style site is for you.

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  • Gartoo Property Search Engine

    An easy to use UK Property Search Engine.

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  • Sprocket DC Ltd.

    Sprocket DC is a dynamic design consultancy specialising in mechanical engineering and product design. From concept to final product and everything in between, we can design you there. Services include: concept generation, development of designs, prototyping, 3D CAD, Design For Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), renderings, exploded views, engineering drawings, project management, sourcing manufacturers, IP rating conformance, design for harsh environments, FEA, EMC testing, calculations, testing, tolerance analysis, marketing material, technical literature, assembly instructions and installation instructions.

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  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)

    CIPA is the professional and examining body for patent attorneys (also known as patent agents) in the UK. The Institute was founded in 1882 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1891. It represents virtually all the 1,730 registered patent attorneys in the UK whether they practice in industry or in private practice. Total membership is over 3,000 and includes trainee patent attorneys and other professionals with an interest in IP matters.

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  • Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)

    DACS collects and distributes royalties and licenses copyright under the direction of the artist/designer who is a member, and has agreements with other artists/designers copyright organisations worldwide to protect the copyright of artists and designers in international territories. Advice from DACS is to members only (membership is free, but administrative charges do apply for royalty-related collections).

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  • Association of British Designer Silversmiths (ABDS)

    The ABDS was founded in 1996 by practising designer-silversmiths to promote the best standards of design and craftsmanship and focus attention on the abundance of beautiful, new silverware now being created in the UK but seldom seen outside specialist galleries or retailers.

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  • Guild of International Songwriters & Composers

    The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers is a membership organisation offering advice, information and assistance to help members achieve their goals within the music industry. Also offers a copyright protection service to its members.

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  • MP3board

    US-based, sometimes-controversial news aggregator housing info on MP3, digital rights management and copyright.

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  • Creative Industries Support Project (CrISP - Cheshire & Warrington)

    Creative Industries Support Project (CrISP - Cheshire & Warrington)

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  • ChangeActShare

    ChangeActShare is Camden Council's jewellery support project.

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  • Asiaventures

    A media consultancy and events organisation. We have made several documentaries and took part is dozens of events worldwide to enhance the image of the Asian creativity in the international arenna.

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  • BAPLA

    The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA) is the UK trade association for picture libraries. With over 400 member companies, it represents the vast majority of commercial picture libraries and agencies in the UK and lobbies for its members' interests. Its website has a summary of UK copyright law and licensing issues for photographers, and offers a list of industry-approved lawyers.

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  • School of Sound Recording

    The School of Sound Recording is a centre of excellence, providing education and training for the audio and digital industries.

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  • Design IQ Ltd

    Design Consultancy that specialises in Textile Products for active lifestyle markets. We design, develop and supply end products for sports, fitness, outdoor, commuter and other active lifestyle consumer products

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  • Sessions Online Schools of Design

    Graphic design schools, website graphic design, multimedia design training, digital arts school and business marketing design programs.

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  • Catherine Marche

    Designer maker based in London, working in Sterling silver ad 18K gold with gemstones and pearls. I design versatile limited edition collections of rings, earrings, chains and bracelets for all occassion for women and men with an individual sense of style.

    This directory listing was submitted by an Own-it member.

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  • Arts Advice

    Careers advice for the creative industries, including visual artists. Their copyright section offers a basic guide to copyright issues for artists.

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  • Neil Marshall

    Gospel Music Producer & Songwriter.

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  • Business in the Arts: North West

    Business in the Arts: North West exists to bring business skills and experience to the arts and museums in ways that are beneficial both to business and to the arts and museums.

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  • Azrights Solicitors

    Azrights is a boutique intellectual property (IP) and internet law firm. We help businesses to launch and grow using IP and the web, offering IP and business law services, the registration of copyrights, trademarks, designs and patents, as well as dispute resolution, advisory and drafting. Online brand management, and domain names, are a particular area of expertise.

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  • Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

    The Institute of Contemporary Arts was established in 1947 by a collective of artists, poets and writers to showcase and champion contemporary culture across a wide range of art forms. Since its establishment, it has been at the centre of many of the most significant artistic and cultural developments in the past 60 years. It has also introduced numerous artists, performers, writers and other cultural figures to a wider audience, both nationally and internationally. Today, the ICA consists of two galleries, two cinemas, a theatre, a bookshop, a bar and café and private function rooms.

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  • ChangeActShare

    A regional project aimed at revitalising the London jewellery and allied industry and to improve its competitiveness. It provides access to a comprehensive business finder, industry resources, interactive forum, newsletters, training, business support, awards, grants, funding and premises.

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  • CREATIVETimes (Greater Manchester)

    CREATIVETimes (Greater Manchester)

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  • Pollydoodles

    Greetings cards, original artwork & design.

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  • Directors Guild Of Britain

    Directors Guild of Britain represents the directors in film and TV production.

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  • Copyscape

    An online tool to help protect the IP rights of your original content. Copyscape identifies copies of your written material that have been copied and published without permission. Currently in a beta release and free to use, this tool from Indigo Stream Technologies Ltd. can be used to track web plagiarism simply by typing the URL of your website. [Content supplied by our partner, Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts (ECCA)]

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  • Arts About Manchester

    We are a membership organisation who acts as a central point of contact for the local arts community as well as an important research and intelligence resource. Our expertise in audience development and arts marketing also means that we work with non-members at both regional and national level.

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  • Business Resource Portal (BRP)

    BRP creates niche market business communities. Its prime purpose is to work with both end markets of each business niche sector to create places that real business can be generated.

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  • Howrey LLP

    Howrey specialises in all forms of intellectual property, including contentious and non-contentious work involving patents, trade marks, trade secrets and confidentiality, passing off, copyright and designs. In addition to high-profile patent litigation work, Howrey regularly advises clients in the luxury and consumer goods sectors in relation to brand protection and brand enforcement. Howrey lawyers have in-depth knowledge of domain-name and internet-related disputes, and advises clients in relation to cyber-squatting, copyright and database right infringement, passing off and unfair competition.

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  • Cayenne Red

    Cayenne Red is one of the UK's leading Digital Marketing Agency offering digital marketing solutions including SEO consultancy, PPC Agency Services, Bespoke Web design, Social media marketing, Online PR.

    Cayenne Red deliver Online Marketing strategy that drive leads, sales & brand visibility for our clients.

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  • BPI

    The BPI (formerly known as British Phonographic Industry) is the body that represents the British recorded music business. Its membership comprises more than 400 companies representing thousands of labels; including all four "major" record companies, associate members – such as manufacturers and distributors – plus hundreds of independent record companies.

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  • Hannah Edy Photography

    London based Photographer specialising in the circus arts, live performance, architecture & environment.

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  • RIBA

    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) exists to advance architecture and promote excellence in the profession.

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  • Haidee & Co Designs

    Haidee & Co Designs provides beautiful cards printed from originals, to add luxury into your lifestyle.

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  • Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN)

    An informal group of professional and business organisations with a shared interest in improving awareness and understanding of patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and other IP rights. IPAN's site provides: basic information about IP and its importance in commerce and industry, especially in a UK context; links to reliable information about IP on the internet; briefs on topical IP issues; and news and events from the IP scene. Part of the IP Institute.

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  • Open Source Web Design

    Open Source Web Design is a place to download free web designs and share yours with others.

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  • WrightWay Digital

    Based in the north of England, WrightWay digital is a small but forward thinking digital media agency.

    We provide web design and digital marketing services to not only local businesses but also to businesses throughout the English speaking world. "We provide companies of all sizes, with the resources needed to expand and lead in the online marketplace" From research to analysis, web design to ecommerce, search engine optimization to social media, analytics to affiliates. We provide an all in one service, dedicated to getting your business online and performing to its full world class potential.

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  • Taylor Wessing

    Taylor Wessing is a leading International law firm with a single-minded approach: to help our clients succeed. What makes us different is our forward thinking approach to serving clients. We think creatively about business issues and are constantly looking for new and better ways to add value with truly innovative solutions that help to grow our clients' businesses. We’re a leading adviser to major European fashion and luxury brands. You can depend on us to give all the latest advice and practical support you need to tackle - and overcome - the challenges you face.

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  • RIBA Northwest

    RIBA Northwest represents nearly 2,000 RIBA members in 550 practices in the region and works with their six local branches in promoting the benefits of good architecture to as wide an audience as possible.

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  • Caim Services

    Caim Services provides creative approaches to community, corporate and personal development and training. Approaches used includes Forum Theatre, Person Centred Planning Tool, visual arts and expressive forms.

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  • STREAM IP Barristers

    STREAM IP Barristers provide practical intellectual property legal services to businesses, professionals and individuals. Your Stream IP Barrister will represent you when you need to put your case effectively, advise you when you need guidance, and draft any documents you need. Stream IP Barristers are commercially-minded, approachable barristers who make your business their priority.

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  • Piracy is a Crime

    A non-profit making company formed and funded by the UK's home entertainment sector - distributors and retailers - which campaigns to stamp out digital piracy.

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  • International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association (LIMA)

    International body of accredited licensing companies. Companies that treat artists, designers and other creative individuals badly risk losing their membership. Lists accredited agents and consultants worldwide.

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  • Crafts Council

    The Crafts Council is the UK's national organisation for the promotion of contemporary crafts. Established in 1971, it is an independent body funded by the Arts Council England, responsible for promoting fine craftsmanship, encouraging high standards and increasing public awareness of contemporary crafts and applied arts.

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  • Fashion in FIlm

    Very exciting films

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  • SomethingDark/SomethingVivid

    SomethingDark (SDk): creating a new and unique format for a web-based magazine. Featuring photography, art and writing with a distinctive edge, SDk exists to explore creativity, intellect and modern society at their darker boundaries, a space where cultural discourse converges with avant-garde eroticism, fashion… and a touch of something more ambiguous

    SomethingVivid (SVd): professional web design and editorial services.

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  • Futures Network

    Futures is a network of designers working in the communications field, including graphic design, web design, advertising, interactive media and related services such as illustration and commercial photography.

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  • AVIF Intellectual Property Office

    AVIF & Associates [AVIF Intellectual Property Office] is a law firm established by lawyers who already exist and have a lot of experience in dealing with legal problems faced by individuals and legal entities as well as resolve the case through litigation and non-litigation. The existence and eksisnya AVIF law offices supported by the Advocate reliable and have experience, skill and knowledge of the laws that have been tested, have the ability to find a legal solution. Settlement solutions and actions will be carried out by AVIF as the rule of law, which is useful for protecting the interests of the Client and the prevention and defense of legal risks that have been and will be experienced Client. The advocate AVIF are experienced in matters menanganani both civil and criminal litigation, it has been proven professionals with strong teamwork skills and mastery of the law of armed formally and materially, so that clients are satisfied with the performance of AVIF. Handling and solution of legal cases ever handled, among others: the area of ​​insurance, banking, Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy and field Suspension of Payment, the field of labor / employment, draft cooperation agreement between an individual with an individual or a legal entity or individual with legal entity legal entity and conduct investigations related to legal issues and the disbursement of insurance claims. This makes AVIF bold self-publish and offer legal services to individuals / legal entities that require consultation and other legal services.

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  • The Sun Awards

    The sun awards showcase and reward the best in professional photography. It does this through an annual judged competition, the showcase sun exhibition, with allied events and seminars highlighting photography generated in the Northern regions of the UK, within the disciplines of advertising, design, fashion and editorial.

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  • Out-Law.com

    Out-law.com is part of Pinsent Masons, an international law firm with a long-standing interest in IT and e-commerce. This site provides free guides, articles and news stories relating to everything from the drawing up of online contracts and agreements to issues of taxation and defamation. You will also find sample contracts, checklists and other documents, indispensable to your business planning and operation.

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  • Industry Trust for IP Awareness

    The Industry Trust was set up in 2004 to help promote copyright and all the good stuff it does. We work together with our member companies (from film studios to retailers) to spread the word about the positive role copyright plays in helping to protect creative ideas and secure the livelihoods of the 150,000 people that work in film and TV in the UK. If you are one of these people, we'd be delighted to share your story with the film and TV-lovers of the UK, by featuring you in local press. If you do have the passion to speak out - then get in touch!

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  • Phonographic Performance Limited

    PPL is the UK record industry royalty collection society. It represents over 3,000 record companies and 13,000 labels and licences the broadcast and public performance of their repertoire and recordings in every genre of music. PPL collects and distributes revenues from radio stations, pubs, clubs and thousands of users of sound recordings on behalf of member companies as well as some 23,000 performers. The site features info on royalty collection and distribution, and you can also apply for a public performance licence online.

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  • The Knowledge

    The definitive UK source of contacts within the film, TV, video and commercials production industries.

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  • Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB)

    WGGB represents writers and has agreements with PACT, the BBC and independent TV companies setting out minimum terms on which writers can be commissioned.

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  • Islington Mill

    Islington Mill is a former cotton-spinning mill in Salford, very close to Manchester's city centre. Islington Mill is now home to over 50 artists studios, an art gallery, a recording studio and a venue space.

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  • Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT)

    FACT is a representative and investigative organisation for its member companies, who include major British and American film companies, media manufacturers and distributors, as well as companies within the television and satellite TV industries. The site offers much copyright information specific to film piracy issues.

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  • Legal Aspects of the Music Industry

    Updated to reflect the rapid pace of change in the music industry, Richard Schulenberg's new edition of Legal Aspects of the Music Industry includes a focus on group agreements, live performances, free music on the Internet, the effect of the Millennium Copyright Act, ancillary rights, and the independent label. Other key issues covered include the artists' rebellion against record company contracts, litigation by superstars against their labels and by songwriters, and the industry-wide downturn in record sales. It provides stronger focus on music agreements than any other reference.

    Publisher: Billboard Books, US
    Published: 2005

     

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  • Fashion Enter

    Fashion-Enter is a dedicated not for profit company that has been created to provide fashion designers with all they need to succeed. Based on the last five years of work with the London Fashion Forum (LFF), Jennifer Holloway, Director Fashion-Enter Ltd, decided to continue the excellent work of the LFF when the funding from the London Development Agency expired in March 2006.

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  • Metropolitan Works

    Metropolitan Works is London’s leading Creative Industries Centre, helping designers and manufacturers develop ideas and bring new products to the marketplace through access to digital manufacturing, workshops, knowledge transfer, advice, courses and exhibitions.

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  • Simon & Elaine Burnell Designs "Recycledforyou"

    Designers and producers of original statement jewellery and art pieces. All one of one designs all made using reclaimed materials. All produced by hand in house.

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  • Illumini

    Illumini is a not-for-profit organisation that provides free unique illuminating art events, for the public's enjoyment. Illumini promotes artists from any background and experience, who work with light, from visual artIsts to performers. Alongside the biennale Illumini events in September 2010 and 2010, in between these dates, there are other illumini events. We also help promote artists and creative individuals and businesses, through our website, with a directory of profile pages. Online resources for artists are available through the website and newsletters.

    The aim of Illumini is not just to showcase art, but is to entertain, introducing all communities that may not normally visit the arts to a different approach; many being exposed to the arts for the first time. All visitors, including families, are kept entertained by the spectacular performances. The children in particular are able to interact with not only the performers but also the actual artwork. The founder Jane Webb, believes the arts should be free and easily assessable for all, and stressed this for the 'Illumini' events. This has been reflected by the number of people who attended, as well as the positive comments and feedback received.

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  • Centre for Virtual Environments

    The Centre for Virtual Environments has been at the cutting edge of Virtual Reality (VR) for over ten years. It has an excellent research rating and its balanced emphasis on teaching, research and enterprise is unique.

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  • Simon Briton

    R&D tax credit specialist

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  • BEARSPACE

    BEARSPACE is a pioneering art space in London exhibiting emerging artists who push the boundaries of contemporary art practice. Artists are selected for their response to contemporary culture and philosophy, and their work often displays a conceptual or narrative framework. Artworks pioneer innovative use of materials and rational and are of the highest technical quality. BEARSPACE prides itself on discovering exceptional artists early on in their careers, and promoting them through gallery exhibitions, art fairs, curated exhibitions and collaborations. BEARSPACE projects include a new gallery bookshop - CT Pocket - run by CT Editions; large-scale exhibitions such as ‘Play’, which included work by Bob & Roberta Smith, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Anya Gallaccio; Art Fairs including Zoo Art Fair; and The Deptford Art Map - a revolutionary art map for Deptford in South East London – London’s new art mecca.

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  • RichInventor

    Invention Agents, Money from Inventions, Sell Your Invention, Why can’t I sell my invention

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  • Independent Producers' Guide to Film and TV Contracts

    Independent Producers' Guide to Film and TV Contracts
    by Philip Alberstat

    A mass of sample contracts collected into book form. Each agreement is closely annotated with comments and guidelines on how the deals are structured. They provide simple explanations of provisions contained within the agreements, identifying potential pitfalls faced by producers as well as giving general advice. The accompanying free CD-ROM contains templates of all agreements found in the book. These are intended to be downloaded and tailored for your own use.

    The author, Philip Alberstat is a partner at London law firm Osborne Clarke. Previously he was Head of Media for international lawyers Coudert Brothers and was formerly Head of Legal and Business Affairs for Hat Trick Productions and Head of Media and Entertainment of leading law firm, Baker & McKenzie.

    This book has been recommended by our partner, Media Lex.

     

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  • Photographer / Filmmaker

    I produce short films for companies and arts organisations. Web link goes to recent commission from the Arts Council and Artichoke Trust.

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  • Creative Lancashire / Fresh Creative (Preston)

    Creative Lancashire / Fresh Creative (Preston)

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  • Copyright Law in the Digital Society: The Challenges of Multimedia

    Multimedia technology is a key component of the Information Society. This book examines in detail the extent to which copyright law protects multimedia works. It does so from the perspective of UK law, but with due attention being paid to EU law, global treaties and comparative developments in other jurisdictions, such as Australia and the US. The central argument of the book is that, to a significant extent, copyright law has been, and can be, adapted to cater for multimedia technology. As a result, it is neither necessary nor desirable to introduce separate copyright protection or sui generis protection for multimedia works. By Tanya Aplin

    Publisher: Hart Publishing
    Published: 2005

     

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  • Ghostdavandal Originals

    Brand and visual design: We are dedicated to offering alternative ideas and help unleash your creativity.

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  • 7 New Square

    7 New Square is a barristers' chambers comprising a number of specialist IP barristers. It specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, confidential information, supplementary protection certificates and database rights. The members of 7 New Square also have expertise in employment law, information technology, data protection, media and entertainment law and sports law. The clients instructing chambers range from international publishers and pharmaceutical companies to small designers and high street traders.

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  • Studio Henny van Nistelrooy

    product and retail interior design

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  • MusicTank

    MusicTank is one of University of Westminster's sector-based Knowledge and Business Development Networks. Launched in 2003, MusicTank's remit was to establish itself as a business development network for the UK music industry - an independent body set up to engage with industry, innovation and change across the music business. The website serves as a rich repository of information spanning the entire music industry, from current and archived music industry news, through to sector-specific information from copyright, law and small business support through to marketing, promotion, funding and finance.

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  • Castlefield Gallery

    Castlefield Gallery is a gallery and resource for contemporary visual artists and their work. Since its founding in 1984, the gallery has been at the forefront of supporting artists and emergent art practices in the UK. Castlefield Gallery is an essential part of the visual arts community in Manchester and the North West, maintaining close relationships with studio groups and artist-led initiatives.

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  • Publishing Northwest

    Publishing Northwest is the publishing arm of Literature Northwest.

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  • London Fashion Week

    London is where fashion ideas start, where creative talents bloom and where flourishing businesses are born. The capital celebrates fashion both on and off the catwalk in the city's renowned restaurants bars and clubs and, of course, on the street. It is all brought together in the biannual London Fashion Week. Each season, designers unveil their collections to a professional audience of press and buyers who pay visit to the capital from the UK and cities across the globe.

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  • The Guardian, Media Law section

    The Guardian newspaper runs a snappy online section covering recent hot topics and trends in media law. As well as courtroom drama reports, the site includes the latest news on the legal side of advertising, sponsorship deals, celebrity endorsements and controversies within the photography/media world (usually involving Photoshop and accusations of the publication of doctored images.) Registration (free of charge) is required to access this part of the Guardian site.

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  • Grid Productions

    Grid Productions will create theatrical and other events in order to entertain a wide range of audiences. It will work independently and with other production companies to produce shows designed to stimulate greater interest in the dramatic and visual arts.

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  • Crefovi

    Law firm specialised in advising the creative industries, in London, Paris & worldwide. London fashion law firm, London art law firm, London music law firm.

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  • Art in Liverpool

    An online listing of galleries and arts related events taking place across Liverpool. The site also includes a directory of Merseyside based artists and a forum.

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  • Creative Industry in Salford (CRIIS)

    Creative Industry in Salford (CRIIS)

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  • Media Lex

    A free advisory service for those involved in Film, TV or New Media production. They offer training courses and sell books with contract and legal advice, together with downloadable contracts covering IP issues within the areas of film, TV and new media production. They also offer a referral service to lawyers in other specialist areas.

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  • 1 Place Patent Attorneys + Solicitors

    We are a Sydney-based firm of IP specialists with professional qualifications and expertise in: patents, designs, trade marks, copyright, domain names and IP commercial agreements.

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  • AOM Enterprises Ltd

    We trade as ArtworkX of Mann and our main business is as an International Arts Agency, based in the Isle of Man, British Isles. Our company currently represents more than 100 International Visual artists and have art agents in three countries.

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  • Editorial Photographers UK & Ireland

    An email advice list and website for the discussion of business matters by editorial photographers. The website resources are open to all.

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  • Intellectual Property Institute

    A leading UK organisation that aims to promote awareness and understanding of IP law and its contribution to economic and social welfare, through high quality, independent research. It aims to provide knowledge and expertise for industry, policy makers, professionals and the general public, in order to foster a legal, social and regulatory climate that supports an innovation-based economy.

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  • North West Vision & Media

    Northwest Vision and Media works on behalf of the TV, film, radio and digital content industries to grow a world-class media economy in England's Northwest.

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  • Salon

    Salon is a deaf artist-led grant-aided non-profit organisation, working in partnership with mainstream arts professionals and voluntary members across the South-East region. Its mission statement is: 'to boost the professional development of deaf and hard-of-hearing visual artists through making art, critical debate/peer critique, and skills exchange'.

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  • The Digital Content Forum

    The DCF forms a two-way conduit between UK industry and government to gather views and input into policy-making processes around the digital industry, including numerous fast-moving IP issues. Individuals and companies involved in the production or use of digital content who wish to offer input into government policy developments can participate through their relevant trade association, which are listed on the site.

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  • Strategic Management Partners

    Advice and support for business growth, intellectual property protection and mediation. Projects are often grant funded

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  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

    WIPO is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit. Through its work, WIPO plays an important role in enhancing the quality and enjoyment of life, as well as creating real wealth for nations.

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  • Intellectual Property for Managers and Investors: A guide to evaluating, protecting and exploiting IP

    Technologists have the ideas. Lawyers know the rules. But for business managers and investors, rules and ideas don't readily combine into a strategic vision. No longer is IP just a necessary expense for large technology companies. Competing and succeeding in today's marketplace requires an in-depth understanding of IP - its se as a weapon, as a shield, and as a monetizable asset. Yet in a world where fortunes can rise or founder on the strength of an IP portfolio, hesitation to enter this arcane, unfamiliar world still abounds. This book equips the business manager with a working, practical knowledge essential to creating and exploiting IP wealth. It shows investors how to evaluate IP strength and competitive value. With its results-oriented perspective and international focus, Intellectual Property for Technology Managers is essential for those with decision-making responsibility at the interface where business and innovation meet. By Steven J Frank

    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Published: 2006

     

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  • Soundwave

    Soundwave is the Youth Music Action Zone (YMAZ) for Cumbria. Youth Music is a national charity that funds and facilitates music-making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need. By 2010, Youth Music aims to have reached 3 million children and young people in a nationwide strategy to support youth music-making.

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  • BPP Law School

    BPP Law School is a leading provider of professional legal education with four specially designed and highly equipped Law Schools in Leeds, London (Holborn and Waterloo) and Manchester.

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  • Youth Music

    Youth Music works alongside the formal and community-based sectors to support music-making and training.

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  • British Film Institute's Creative Archive

    The British Film Institute's pilot site featuring video clips made available for free download to users in the UK under the innovative Creative Archive Licence, to stimulate creative re-use for non-commercial purposes.

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  • Greater Manchester Music Action Zone (GMMAZ)

    GMMAZ is a not-for-profit company that delivers music projects with children, young people and artists. Ranging from MCing, singing and music technology through to master-classes with international artists and innovative multimedia projects, GMMAZ has over the past six years worked with over 8000 children and young people from a diverse range of communities throughout Greater Manchester.

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  • Office for Harmonization in the Internal Markets (OHIM)

    OHIM is the official European Union agency responsible for registering trade marks and designs that are valid in all 27 countries of the EU.

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  • Hall Marketing

    Design and provide business simulations (management games) for management development and business training

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  • Industry

    Television business affairs consultancy.

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  • Royal College of Art

    Royal College of Art is the world's only postgraduate art and design school. Its staff, students and alumni comprise an internationally renowned community of artists, designers and academics who play a significant role in the shaping of modern culture.

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  • Open Music Archive

    Open Music Archive is a collaborative initiative to source, digitise and distribute out of copyright sound recordings. The archive is open for anyone to use and contribute to.

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  • London College of Communication (LCC)

    Formerly London College of Printing, LCC is the largest constituent College of the University of the Arts London and its students automatically become members of Europe's largest university dedicated to art, communication, design and related technologies. The College has around 9,000 students, of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. This is a diversity which adds to the unique feel of this special and specialist College. Staff includes successful practitioners in London's thriving design, photography, broadcasting, publishing, advertising, film, printing, retailing and media industries.

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  • CreativePeople

    CreativePeople is a national network providing information, advice and guidance to support all those who work in arts and craft industries in making the most of their careers. The network offers a wealth of resources and events, including: workshops, conferences, courses, mentoring schemes, critical appraisal services and online toolkits.

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  • PCAM -Producers and Composers of Applied Music

    The UK trade association for producers and composers who work primarily in commissioned music for advertising, television programmes and feature films.

    The site contains downloadabe contracts including licensing and copyright. Their helpline can be called by anyone and currently costs 60 pence per minute.

     

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  • Brand Licensing Europe (event)

    Europe's largest brand licensing trade fair is held annually in London. The site offers numerous links to exhibitors, allowing a snapshot of the licensing industry and multibillion pound global market for licensing artwork, illustrations, animated and other types of characters, movie-based licensing, products, photographs, brand extensions etc.

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  • Association for Cultural Enterprises (ACE)

    The Association for Cultural Enterprises promotes commercial best practice in the UK's cultural and heritage sector by providing training and networking opportunities and facilitating the sharing of information and experience between its members.

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  • Education Photos

    Photographer, John Walmsley's, online searchable photolibrary specialising in education for all ages, everyday life in the UK, all shot in a naturalistic style.

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  • Artlaw Archive

    Online archive of Art Monthly magazine's renowned column on art law, with numerous features on IP. The site also offers legal information and listings with particular relevance for visual artists, craftspeople and photographers.

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  • ideas21

    Formed in February 2000, ideas21 is supported by both government and private organisations and has expanded with: e-newsletters to subscribers; regular evening network meetings including a topical speaker held at the UK-IPO in London; free 30-40 minute expert advice sessions for women inventors; seminars and workshops on successful innovation; and open meetings and debates on government consultations relating to IP and innovation support.

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  • Imagination (Macclesfield's Creative Industries Forum)

    Imagination (Macclesfield's Creative Industries Forum)

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  • EYE Magazine

    Eye, the international review of graphic design, is a beautifully designed and printed quarterly magazine based in the UK: essential reading and viewing for graphic designers and other professionals in the art and business of visual culture.

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  • Arts Canteen Ltd

    Arts Canteen wants to encourage and nurture a better appreciation of Middle Eastern cultural forms in the UK - avoiding stereotypes and showcasing creativity.

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  • IP News Flash

    Hourly updated patent news, trademark headlines, IP stories, as well as related decisions, case law, and notices from patent and trademark offices.

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  • Business Link

    Business Link for London is a business support agency delivering impartial, expert and practical business advice to London's small and medium-sized businesses. Services are offered face-to-face, over the phone, at events and via the web. Registered membership of the website allows access to a variety of factsheets, including one on IP.

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  • Make It In Music

    Make It In Music is the ultimate resource on the internet to help aspiring musicians succeed in the music business. A free to use website gives advice on all aspects of what it takes to succeed as a songwriter, performer, band, dj, or whatever from creating songs and recording them through to getting a band together and playing live. We also cover marketing and DIY releases, all in detail and with cutting edge tips and techniques. Our 30 years combined experience in all aspects of the music industry make us uniquely qualified to help. We also offer paid information products, courses and consultancy.

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  • BrandCorpCom

    Brand design origination evolution revolution implementation communication.

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  • Lawrence Graham LLP

    Lawrence Graham LLP (LG) is a firm of business lawyers, advising clients around the world. Its approach is to get deep inside their clients' businesses and the industries they work in. It advises clients on IP from a diverse range of industry sectors including financial services, real estate, insurance and reinsurance, banking, hospitality and leisure and wealth planning.

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  • The Marketeer Association

    The Marketeer Association aims to promote and support the marketing services industry outside of London by helping marketing services companies raise their game by facilitating networking, industry talks and projects designed to boost their profile, and by devising and running a campaign that aims to encourage client companies outside the M25 to at least consider using local suppliers.

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  • Pro-music

    Pro-music is an international initiative to promote legitimate online music services and confront the myths surrounding online music piracy. Alongside information on the growing number of legitimate online music sites, it features a step-by-step guide to the processes in making music and the teams of people involved, a cross-section of viewpoints on the piracy debate, and answers to frequently asked questions about copyright laws for online music.

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  • European Patent Office (EPO)

    Established by the Convention on the Grant of European Patents (EPC) signed in Munich 1973, the EPO is the outcome of the European countries' collective political determination to establish a uniform patent system in Europe. As a centralised patent grant system administered by the European Patent Office on behalf of all contracting states, it is a model of successful co-operation in Europe.

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  • Association for Women Inventors and Product Entrepreneurs

    Online resource and networking events for women with new products and business ideas.

    This directory listing was submitted by an Own-it member.

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  • ilikemusic

    Independent online music magazine with section on careers in the music industry and making music for musicians.

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  • Rachel Murrell

    Freelance script writer specialising in children's content for Web and TV. Pre-school credits include Little Princess (FIVE), Bob the Builder (CBeebies), Chuggington (CBeebies). Also write for older children.

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  • Flickr

    Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application. Many Flickr users have chosen to protect their work with a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through photos under each type of license.

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  • Withers LLP

    Withers Worldwide is the leading law firm for successful people, families, businesses and charities. It provides practical and commercial legal advice at every stage in the life and development of an IP right, from creation and exploitation to protection and enforcement, and advises on keeping ideas and proprietary information confidential, on filing strategies where registration of rights is required and the proper management of rights.

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  • London Design Festival

    The London Design Festival is a spectacular celebration of world-class talent across the city, shining a bright light on the amazing creative people that make London the design capital of the world.The Festival reflects the growing worldwide recognition of the power of design to change things for the better, to help deliver economic prosperity and to improve quality of life. Whether you want to be inspired, informed, talk business or just soak up the atmosphere, there is something for you to see and do.

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  • Designers Network

    The Designers Network is a creative design community and directory of designer sites.

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  • Futureworks

    Futureworks Media School is a centre of excellence for the creative industries, providing specialist education and training courses in creative and digital media. If you're looking to launch or enhance your career in music, sound, film, TV, games, design or 3D animation, then Futureworks is for you.

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  • The Bright Idea Handbook

    Many people have a great idea, but don't know how to profit from it or how to make sure no one copies it. These are just a couple of the topics The Bright Idea Handbook covers, along with developing and protecting ideas, pitching for financial backing and ultimately turning an idea into a profitable business.

    This brand new title, written by legal expert Michael Gardner, is a practical step-by-step guide and also includes:

    -The basics of patents, trade marks, copyrights and designs
    -How to find and brief a lawyer
    -Sample non-disclosure agreements
    -Funding: business angels, venture capitalists and grants
    -Marketing and advertising
    -Tackling infringements: injunctions and court cases
    -Licenses and franchises

    Aimed at anyone who has ever considered entering the Dragons' Den, or even had just a seedling idea, The Bright Idea Handbook will help turn budding inventors' dreams into a reality!

     

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  • The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising (MOBPA)

    Featuring over 12,000 original items from the Robert Opie Collection, the MOPLA opened in London's Notting Hill after 17 years in Gloucester. Starting at the age of 16 with a packet of Munchies, Opie's Collection now extends to all aspects of daily life – toys, comics, magazines, newspapers, technology, travel, royal souvenirs, fashion and design.

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  • Pawel Siwczak

    Concert artist, harpsichordist, early keyboard specialist

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  • Cheese1

    Cheese

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  • Cockpit Arts

    Cockpit Arts is the UK's only creative business incubator for designer-makers. Renowned for being a ‘hotbed of creative talent' our studios are brimming with cutting edge fashion, jewellery and interior products.

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  • Design Business Association (DBA)

    DBA exists to promote professional excellence through productive partnerships between commerce and the design industry to champion effective design which improves the quality of people's lives.

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  • Ralli Solicitors LLP

    Manchester based practice, with Keith Arrowsmth leading their IP and Media work from offices near MediaCity, Salford Quays

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  • GeekUp

    GeekUp is a community of web designers, web developers, and other tech-minded folk from the North West. They have monthly socials in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, which are always a lively place to share ideas and spread a little knowledge.

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  • AVIF Intellectual Property Office

    AVIF & Associates [AVIF Intellectual Property Office] is a law firm established by lawyers who already exist and have a lot of experience in dealing with legal problems faced by individuals and legal entities as well as resolve the case through litigation and non-litigation. The existence and eksisnya AVIF law offices supported by the Advocate reliable and have experience, skill and knowledge of the laws that have been tested, have the ability to find a legal solution. Settlement solutions and actions will be carried out by AVIF as the rule of law, which is useful for protecting the interests of the Client and the prevention and defense of legal risks that have been and will be experienced Client. The advocate AVIF are experienced in matters menanganani both civil and criminal litigation, it has been proven professionals with strong teamwork skills and mastery of the law of armed formally and materially, so that clients are satisfied with the performance of AVIF. Handling and solution of legal cases ever handled, among others: the area of ​​insurance, banking, Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy and field Suspension of Payment, the field of labor / employment, draft cooperation agreement between an individual with an individual or a legal entity or individual with legal entity legal entity and conduct investigations related to legal issues and the disbursement of insurance claims. This makes AVIF bold self-publish and offer legal services to individuals / legal entities that require consultation and other legal services.

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  • Campaign for Digital Rights

    The UK-based Campaign for Digital Rights campaigns for "fair and balanced laws for the information society." They have a special focus on music, video, DVDs & computer games, academic freedom and public library issues.

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  • Patent for a Modular House

    Interesting report on a patent application for a modular building, following on from precedents set by Buckminster Fuller and Archigram.

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  • North West Culture Observatory

    This is the research arm of Culture Northwest and has a remit to champion evidence, share insight and build intellectual capacity across the cultural sector. They work across the breadth of cultural domains, including sports, the arts, heritage, tourism, museums, libraries and archives and creative industries.

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  • 24:7 Theatre Festival

    24:7 seek to encourage and celebrate new and original work by writers, performers, directors and technical specialists. We seek to create opportunities for creative talent in all these roles. We seek to provide and promote accessible theatre for all.

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  • WonderStuffStudio

    WonderStuffStudio specialises in developing design and marketing tools, which add a clear value to the businesses we work with. With over 15 years experience in the design and advertising industry, WonderStuffStudio offers consultancy and the delivery of effective, creative design material across a wide range of disciplines.

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  • Supreme Dance Records

    UK- and Cyprus-based record company. We also own our own publishing company. We offer artist management to select clients signed to our record company.

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  • Anti Copying in Design (ACID)

    ACID is a membership trade organisation and action group created to combat the growing threats of plagiarism in the design and creative industries. Membership fees are based on the annual turnover of your business, and a free legal advice and a design registration service is offered to members.

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  • Ward Hadaway

    Ward Hadaway is one of the UK's top 100 law firms and a major player in the North of England with offices in Newcastle and Leeds.  We offer a comprehensive range of services including corporate, commercial, property, litigation and employment legal advice, delivered to the highest possible standards and are focused on securing the very best for our clients. 

    We have specialist expertise in advising clients in the creative sector.  We believe that companies and people working in the creative sector face a unique set of challenges and opportunities – so they deserve a unique legal service.

    Our creative industries team not only has a wealth of in-depth expertise on how the law affects the sector, we have a genuine understanding of how to tackle its challenges and make the most of its opportunities. For further information on our expertise in this sector, click here.

    Whether advertising and design, PR, fashion, publishing, software, games, digital media, furniture design, architecture, film, television, music or the Arts, we can help a wide range of creative organisations deal confidently with a whole spectrum of issues.

     

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  • The Living Statue Company

    Highest quality living statues for events worldwide.

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  • Creators' Rights Alliance

    The Creators' Rights Alliance brings together the major organisations representing copyright creators and content providers throughout the media -- particularly, television, radio and the press. It campaigns to promote greater understanding of creators' intellectual property rights within the industry and among the public.

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  • Law in Popular Culture Collection

    Lawyers and courtrooms are the subject of a host of colourful dramatisations, from Dickens to Ally McBeal by way of Scorcese, Wilkie Collins and John Grisham. Based on the Law in Popular Culture collection of the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas at Austin, the site provides an extensive bibliography, listing more than 200 works of fiction, humour, plays, pulp and comics, as well as a filmography of more than 600 feature films featuring lawyers.

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  • The free inventor

    The contact purpose – search of the potential investor/partner in business / in creation of a pre-production model and batch production development the sports plane, No-pilot flying machines, and also other advanced types of transport. The essence of my invention assumes application of the non-standard decision in overcoming various (air, liquid, …) dynamic resistance and their transformation to useful forces, applicable to all known kinds of vehicles. My invention «Completely the rotary dynamic wing (opposite-wing) – stabilizer».

    My communication: +380-67-118-0799 +380-98-228-8667 godwood.ky@gmail.com P.S.: I prefer dialogue by e-mail! With best regards! Yuri Knyazev

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  • FKDA

    architects + designers

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  • UK Music

    Launched in late October 2008, UK Music is a new umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of the UK's commercial music industry, from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to major and independent record labels, managers, music publishers, studio producers and collecting societies. It campaigns for the protection of music copyrights at national and European level, particularly in relation to new technologies.

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  • Producers and Composers of Applied Music (PCAM)

    The UK trade association for producers and composers who work primarily in commissioned music for advertising, TV programmes and feature films. The site contains downloadable contracts including licensing and copyright.

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  • an – The Artists Information Company

    The Artists Information Company (an) holds a lot of professional practice information on its website, much of which is specially commissioned for AN Magazine. The 'practical guides' section includes a number of factsheets on IP issues for artists including contracts, copyright and licensing.

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  • Kiosk Gallery

    Kiosk gallery (formerly Fotografica) exists to showcase the work of innovative North West photographers, to realise the profile of photography as an art form and to make photography accessible to a wider audience.

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  • Headspace (Lancashire)

    Headspace (Lancashire)

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  • Workingswell.com

    Workingswell.com advocates and supports the redevelopment of locally based sustainable economies. It provides an internet location where self-employed designing craftspeople who have developed innovative products can offer training, including the licensed use of designs and related trade secrets, to people interested in attaining their own self-employment. Workingswell places particular emphasis on sustainable, environmentally friendly, production systems. The licenses are offered regionally which promotes the development of local economies as well as lessening the cost. Contributing craftspeople who have designed successful products and manufacturing systems can benefit from their intellectual property without trying to go the mass manufacturing route.

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  • Studio Salford

    Studio Salford is an umbrella group representing and promoting several theatre companies, raising the profile of Salford as a viable artistic location and promoting artists from all over Salford and Manchester.

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  • Treasures Training & consultancy

    Treasures Training & Consultancy create bespoke training events delivered through a variety of methods including experiential learning. Our methodologies are founded on many years of research into the ways that the human mind processes and interprets information. Our training programmes are tailored to meet individual requirements whilst addressing the needs of groups within organisations of all sizes.

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  • Bird & Bird

    Bird & Bird is an international law firm with over 760 lawyers worldwide. We specialise in combining leading-edge expertise across a full range of legal services including advising on dispute resolution, commercial, corporate, EU and competition, finance, employment and real estate matters. We work with some of the world's most innovative and technologically advanced companies and have an outstanding reputation for providing cutting-edge legal advice to all our clients.

    With offices in Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Düsseldorf, The Hague, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm and Warsaw we are strategically placed to offer local expertise within a global context. In addition to our extensive network of offices, we also have dedicated groups focusing on India and Eastern Europe respectively.

    In the UK, Bird & Bird is consistently rated as one of, if not, the leading IP firm for both patent litigation and soft IP (trade marks, designs, database rights and copyright). We have the largest IP litigation group in Europe many of whom are recognised as leaders in their field in their respective countries.

    This year Bird & Bird received an award for European Law Firm of the Year at the annual Managing IP Awards.

     

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  • Good Copy Bad Copy (Documentary Film)

    Interesting documentary about copyright and culture. To access it, visit www.goodcopybadcopy.net.

     

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  • Liverpool Film Academy

    The Liverpool Film Academy Educational Trust was established to provide professional vocational training in the audio visual industries throughout Merseyside.

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  • Sprocket DC Ltd

    Product design and mechanical engineering consultancy. We do: CAD, exhibition units, technical drawings, concept generation, DFMA,

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  • Film Distributors’ Association (FDA)

    The Film Distributors' Association Ltd (FDA) is the trade body representing theatrical film distributors in the UK. The Association promotes a distribution perspective on the cinema industry, including film piracy and other IP issues.

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  • SMALLpond (Salford & Manchester Artists Link)

    Salford & Manchester Artists Link is an independent umbrella organisation that unites the studio groups of these cities. By joining together their aim is to promote those groups whose members make a significant contribution to the North West and UK art scene.

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  • workingswell.com

    Workingswell.com advocates and supports the redevelopment of locally based sustainable economies. It provides an internet location where self-employed designing craftspeople who have developed innovative products can offer training, including the licensed use of designs and related trade secrets, to people interested in attaining their own self-employment. Workingswell places particular emphasis on sustainable, environmentally friendly, production systems. The licenses are offered regionally which promotes the development of local economies as well as lessening the cost. Contributing craftspeople who have designed successful products and manufacturing systems can benefit from their intellectual property without trying to go the mass manufacturing route.

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  • Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS – Greater Manchester)

    Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS – Greater Manchester)

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  • The Big Ideas Legal Company

    We offer practical affordable legal advice to SMEs, start ups and entrepreneurs. We specialise in particular in helping you to make the most of the intellectual property rights available to you.

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  • Creative Industries Trafford

    Creative Industries Trafford

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  • Intellectual Property Rights: Major Writings

    Countries with innovative local industries almost invariably have laws to foster innovation by regulating the copying of inventions, identifying symbols, and creative expressions. These laws encompass four separate and distinct types of intangible property - patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, which collectively are referred to as 'intellectual property'. This major new collection covers all aspects of intellectual property rights including history, purpose, moral rights, patents, trade marks and enforcement. In addition, the set considers the development of IP rights, placing current practice within a historical and intellectual framework. With a comprehensive new introduction from the editor that guides the reader through the work and places the selected material in context, this collection of essential articles is undoubtedly an important research resource for both students and scholars in this field. Edited by David Vaver

    Publisher: Routledge
    Published: 2005

     

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  • Free Patents Online

    New free US patent searching site with more data and features than the USPTO

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  • Anne Fontenoy

    Designer/maker of apparel and textile designs and visual artist

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  • One North East (ONE)

    One North East (ONE)

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  • MINHAS & DIXON LLP

    This dynamic and driven London-based firm provides strategic legal and commercial advice to creative businesses and individuals on a wide range of key areas within the media and entertainment industries. This includes pragmatic advice and assistance with the legal protection, development and exploitation of music, film, television, art, advertising, publishing and digital media products in a friendly and results-driven manner. Our advisors include Intellectual Property and Contract Drafting specialists to ensure that clients receive the very best professional assistance in moving forward both cost-effectively and with assured quality of service at all times. We are inspired by your creativity and ambition.

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  • More Music in Morecombe (MMM)

    MMM is a community music company based at The Hothouse in the West End of Morecambe and working throughout the district, the county and the North West. MMM provides a series of year round projects that cover a breadth of musicmaking activity involving people of all ages and all backgrounds.

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  • Blue Rain Productions Ltd.

    We 'promote to transform' regional ethnic, cultural and minority groups.

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  • Redeye

    Redeye, the Photography Network, is based in North West England. It aims to make life easier for photographers and photography in the region and beyond, by providing information, opportunities, events, training and professional development. It is a voluntary sector, non-profit company and anyone can become a subscriber free of charge.

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  • Dance Northwest

    For the past ten years, Dance Northwest has provided a professional development programme for dance artists in the region, as a part of the national network of dance agencies.

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  • Creative Commons

    The non-profit organisation 'Creative Commons' is devoted to expanding the range of creative work (such as photographs, designs etc) available for others to build upon and share, and their innovative licenses offer an important alternative to traditional copyright. Rather than the usual '(c) All Rights Reserved' approach that limits the use that can be made of works, Creative Commons provides a '(cc) Some Rights Reserved' license. Creative individuals can use the Creative Commons website to automatically generate licenses that fit their exact needs.

    See http://mirrors.creativecommons.org for a short Flash animation describing Creative Commons.

     

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  • Hot Bed Press

    Hot Bed Press is the largest open access print workshop in the region. With over 90 members and rising they provide specialist printmaking equipment and expertise in printmaking and related media (such as bookmaking and letterpress).

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  • Literature Northwest

    Literature North West is a promotional tool for the region's independent presses and literature organisations, and is the public interface of the Index Network, an organisation which attempts to bring the rich and disparate elements of the region's independent publishers together in a single celebration.

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  • PACT

    PACT represents and promotes the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, animation and interactive media companies. Serves as a lobbying organisation, and provides training, events, business advice and subsidised legal services.

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  • GSC Solicitors LLP

    GSC has a strong reputation for helping clients with the protection of their intellectual property.
    We provide proactive and commercial advice on all aspects of intellectual property law (including copyright and confidentiality, design rights and trademarks) and how they can be used to protect, enhance and develop successful businesses (from small startup entrepreneurs to international brands). Our lawyers work with media and entertainment businesses on a daily basis providing proactive and commercial advice on all aspects of the law as it impacts the media industry including recording, film and video contracts, rights acquisition, distribution agreements, licensing, publishing, artist management and promotion, merchandising agreements and royalty disputes. At GSC we can assist you with registering, licensing and enforcing your rights. The firm also has an experienced and commercial corporate department that can advise you on the terms, benefits and structure for joint ventures initiatives with external investors.

    At GSC we take a keen interest in ensuring that you receive the advice that you need at a price proportionate to your business. Our approach is to build long term partnerships with our clients and to add value by delivering individually tailored, practical and creative solutions to commercial and legal issues. If you would like further information about any of our services please contact Ross Waldram.

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  • Mixwerk - Voiceover Services in 25 languages

    We own 2 recroding studios with full ISDN capabilities in Berlin. We have voice talents from 25 countries at reasonable prices.

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  • Government Office North West (GONW)

    Government Office North West (GONW)

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  • Media Arts Network

    The media-arts network [ma-net] exists to raise the profile of media arts practice through discussion, presentation, dissemination and collaborative creative opportunities.

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  • A Point in Time Ltd / Recode Recordings/Silo Tech Media

    We are specialist digital record label making all type of dance music from across all spectrums. We also have our own custom-designed merchandise line. Very well respected and supported with an audience fan base between the ages of 18-45 in over 48 countries as of March 2009.

    This directory listing was submitted by an Own-it member.

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  • Culture Northwest

    Culture Northwest are a thinking, networking and advocacy organisation, working strategically through collaboration to champion the role of culture across the region.

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  • etsr photography

    photographer specialising in architecture, interiors and large scale artworks. (ps. new website to follow shortly)

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  • Law Dictionary

    The Law Dictionary provides a handy online dictionary service which explains most legal terms in a clear and accessible way.

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  • Azrights Solicitors

    Azrights is a specialist IP law firm which focuses on the intersection of IP and the Internet, including online brand management and trade mark registration

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  • Business Network North

    The Business Network North operates monthly networking events in Sheffield, Manchester, South Humberside and Doncaster.

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  • HowardKennedyFsi LLP

    HowardKennedyFsi LLP  (formerly Finers Stephens Innocent) is an entrepreneurial and innovative law firm based in central London which advises national and international businesses of all sizes, charities, trusts, government bodies and successful individuals from all walks of life. FSI specialises in all aspects of intellectual property and media law including acting for all creative industries, brand and rights licensing, copyright, trade mark and design right infringement claims, cultural property, drafting and negotiating contracts and terms of business, electronic rights, freedom of expression/obscenity, libel reading/defamation, literary estates, publishing and royalty disputes. 

     

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  • Talent Circle

    Talent Circle has 46,000 members, making it the world's largest network of people working in independent film and production. It provides job updates, casting, resources, and industry news for those working in independent film or production.

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  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

    US-based campaigning organisation that is working to protect free expression and digital rights. EFF's directories on copyright hold extensive archives on sometimes-complex IP issues and news related to music, file-sharing, software, video, domain names, broadcasting and many other related areas

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  • Foundation for Creative Art and Technology (FACT)

    FACT is the UK's leading organisation for the commissioning and presentation of film, video and new media art forms.

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  • Pembridge Partners LLP

    Pembridge provides finance and advice to help entrepreneurs grow and realise value in their marketing, media and technology businesses.

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  • Open Source Initiative

    The Open Source Initiative is dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source trade mark for the good of the community.

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  • DevelopedAfrica.com (coming soon)

    Commercializing African development opportunities. Our aim is to use the web to expose (qualified and unqualified) development requirements direct from African communities and simultanoeusly map them to IPR solutions from International Suppliers.
    The matching of supply to demand would create new markets for IPR owners whilst facilitating the mass development of African communities (free from politics and corruption). We would like to hear from IPR owners with solutions that can resolve some of Africa's development requirements. Please email info@developedafrica.com or follow us on twitter @developedafrica

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  • United Innovation Association UK

    A national organisation that truly represents the inventor community is long overdue. When it comes to innovation, big companies and universities can't do it all. There is huge untapped potential in inventive individuals, many of whom are tomorrow's entrepreneurs and employers - so let's start valuing and encouraging inventors. The UIAUK will develop ethical resources to help members protect and commercialise proven ideas. And it will endeavour to protect them from anyone who exploits inexperienced inventors by providing misleading or inappropriate services. It will support the excellent work of regional inventors' clubs; and through involvement in enterprise education in schools, it will invest in the future of UK invention and innovation. Individuals and service providers are joining the UIAUK daily, proving the demand for a national voice for inventors. The bigger the UIAUK grows, the more it can be a force for change. So if you're not already a member, please join today. You'll help make a real difference to the UK's innovation prospects.

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  • Entertainment and Leisure Software Publisher's Association

    The Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association aims to establish a specific and collective identity for the British computer and video games industry. ELSPA works to protect, promote and provide for the interests of its members via a number of activities, including an active anti-piracy enforcement unit.

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  • SewSmitten

    Handmade bags, purses, accessories, cards, prints and kitchenwares featuring original artwork designed and printed by us.

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  • EMW

    EMW is a full service law firm that can provide you with cost effective commercial advice on all aspects of running your creative business including on Intellectual Property, digital media, brand protection, employment and company matters.

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  • Government Office Yorkshire & The Humber (GOYH)

    Government Office Yorkshire & The Humber (GOYH)

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  • Draughtsman Service

    Drawing service for inventors, designers or those who require a component(s) fabricated or patent application drawings. • Engineering drawings to BS 8888 • Itemised drawings for patent application • Assembly drawings • Exploded view drawings • Isometric drawings I was an engineer with practical knowledge gained from apply my trade on construction sites across the UK. A little over a decade ago I became severely disabled, I’m an amputee, and retained as a draughtsman. I am self-employed and work from home. This permits me to offer a drawing service that’s confidential, individual and dedicated, and allows the inventor/designer flexibility; last minute alterations to the design, drawings in stages to develop the design etc. And with my extensive knowledge of overcoming problems in applying engineering in construction, I’m able to find solutions for the inventor/designer. Simply contact me to discuss your requirements, and/or send a sketch of your project and I’ll swiftly send you a full set of drawings. If you require a Non-Disclosure Agreement in place before discussion, please forward your N.D.A and I’ll promptly sign and return it. My Drawing Service is Individual, Secure, Affordable and Dedicated.

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  • London Metropolitan University

    The Innovation & Enterprise Unit at London Metropolitan University provides an extensive portfolio of short courses and professional development programmes to meet the training and education needs of the business community. The website includes information on IP rights, and there is also a department called Furniture Works, who provide professional facilities, services and courses for designers and manufacturers of furniture and related products.

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  • Bamboo Sword

    Bamboo Sword is an integrated Hip Hop production and development agency. Based in east London, Bamboo Sword specializes in bespoke programming for festivals and creating multifaceted creative campaigns featuring music, dance, fashion and visual art

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  • Laurakatri

    A consultancy for creative business - offering business development digital marketing and communications advice and support to designers, creatives and their businesses

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  • Charlie the Clown

    Children's Entertainment

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  • Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA)

    The IPA is the trade body and professional institute for 250 leading agencies in the UK's advertising, media and marketing communications industry, covering the creative, digital, direct marketing, healthcare, media, outdoor, sales promotion and sponsorship sectors.

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  • Carol Roberts Illustration

    Providing illustrations. Natural History. Wildlife. General. Tutor of Botanical Illustration

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  • Manchester Digital

    Manchester Digital aims to actively promote Manchester's digital business sector, and to attract business and inward investment from the UK and worldwide by promulgating the excellence and diversity of the sector's leading edge services, products and expertise; communicating members' views to all audiences; encouraging communication and co-operation between members; acting as an information and knowledge source for members; representing members' interests to policy makers and opinion formers; and by promoting Manchester as the best 'can do' centre for interactive solutions.

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  • Independent Theatre Council (ITC)

    The ITC is the UK's leading management association for the performing arts, representing around 700 organisations across the country. It is committed to providing members with a comprehensive package of advice services, training and professional development opportunities, networking meetings and exclusive service discounts.

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  • Broadstone Mill

    Formerly a Victorian cotton mill, Broadstone today houses a range of flexible workspace and business solutions from Business Incubation, Creative Workspace, Artists Studios and Creative Retail Space alongside a well-established retail outlet.

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  • D&AD North

    D&AD is an educational charity that represents the global creative, design and advertising communities. Since 1962, D&AD has set industry standards, educated and inspired the next generation and, more recently, has demonstrated the impact of creativity and innovation on enhancing business performance. Now that the D&AD presence is firmly established in the North, it is providing an inspiring programme of local events, lectures and exhibitions aimed at enriching your creative and professional life.

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  • Innovate IP Limited

    Intellectual Property Specialists

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  • Tact Law

    Professional, fast and transparent online legal support.
    Main service: Contract checking and reviews within 48hs, 24/7
    Great for checking NDAs, freelance contracts, employment contracts, intellectual ownership protection and more

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  • g2i - gateway2investment

    g2i is a highly successful investment readiness programme delivering early stage private investment to exciting young IP-based businesses. The gateway2investment (g2i) programme is designed to maximise the success of London-based companies raising private investment. Funded by the London Development Agency and delivered by a consortium of private sector specialists, g2i offers advice, support and assistance to help companies develop their teams, propositions and pitches. g2i offers you the opportunity to work with experienced entrepreneurs and investors to become 'investor ready'.

    This directory listing was submitted by an Own-it member.

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  • OpenDotBot

    Open source, open genomics, open content... at OpenDotBot you can find posts covering a wide variety of everything "open". Topics range from social media, why open source business is a better business approach, to news about open access publishing.

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  • Afro-IP – the blog for IP law, practice and

    This weblog provides news, information and comment on IP law, practice and business deals right across Africa.

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  • Public Lending Right (PLR)

    Authors have a right to payment under the government-funded PLR Scheme for the free lending out of their books by public libraries.

    All that is required is to apply to the PLR office for registration. Payments are made once a year based on how often books have been borrowed.  In February 2009 24,000 authors (including writers, illustrators, editors and translators) received a payment.  Book loans data is supplied to PLR by a representative sample of public libraries from every region of the UK. 

     

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  • Musicians Union

    The Musicians Union offers members benefits such as copyright publications, free standard contracts and legal advice. The site's 'Files' section has downloadable pdf guides covering licensing, merchandising and other IP info and the FAQ section offers copyright, permissions and publishing advice.

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  • PAD

    PAD is a lifestyle store and gallery selling distinctive, individual creative products in their shop and exhibiting challenging and innovative works of art in their gallery.

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  • University of Edinburgh

    The SCRIPT research centre at the University of Edinburgh is a leader in the provision of Postgraduate degrees in the area of law and new technologies within the domains of intellectual property, information technology and medical law. We have recently launched an online self access course focused on copyright protection and exploitation of creative works. This course will give you a greater understanding of the importance and significance of intellectual property.

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  • Cobbetts LLP

    Cobbetts is a national law firm with specialist expertise in relation to the creative industries, arts organisations and charities. Our team combines intellectual property expertise with real sector knowledge based on many years of acting for a wide range of creative businesses and organisations.

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  • FreeCulture.org

    An international student movement for free culture.

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  • Silverman Sherliker LLP

    A full service city law firm with a particular interest in and significant experience of IP, advising a wide range of businesses both large and small in the creative sector – and with a strong overseas network – we deliver practical cost effective solutions to legal problems; free initial consultation

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  • Northern Film Network (NFN)

    NFN is a dynamic, creative organisation that provides accessible support and encouragement to emerging filmmakers, increasing their awareness of, and access to, the film/media industry and exposing them to new ideas and opportunities.

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  • Strickland

    Strickland is a law firm that specialises in IP law. We provide expert advice in a cost-effective manner, which is also well-grounded by the commercial realities of the situation.

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  • Butterworths Intellectual Property Law Handbook

    The seventh edition of Butterworths Intellectual Property Law Handbook provides an invaluable collection of UK primary and secondary legislation as well as EC and international materials, together in one manageable volume. The new edition fully incorporates the significant changes in legislation since the publication of the previous edition, including the Patents Act 2004, Patents (Amendment) Rules 2004, Patents (Convention Countries) Order 2004, Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004, The Trade Marks Regulations 2004, and The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Order 2004. This established title is a key reference point providing a single source of legislative information. By Jeremy Phillips

    Publisher: Butterworths Law
    Published: 2005

     

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  • Kinofilm / Manchester International Film Festival (Miff)

    Kino's mission is to create awareness and understanding of the short film format, through exhibition, distribution, promotion and education.

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  • Swan Turton

    Swan Turton  is a specialist law firm in London's Covent Garden. We provide sophisticated but competitively priced legal services to companies and individuals in all fields (particularly the media, entertainment and creative industries) and commercial solutions to meet our clients' needs, over and above expert legal advice.

     

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  • The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

    The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is a British organisation devoted to the promotion of contemporary jewellery. It originated during the international conference 'Jewellers' Exchange' in Newcastle, where delegates recognised a need to get together to discuss the issues and ideas that inspire and concern them.

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  • Interface Legal Advisory Service

    Free initial telephone advice and thereafter low-cost and user-friendly advice, assistance, training and support on charity registration and charity law, not-for-profit legal structures, governance issues and internal disputes, property law (including leases and licences), service level agreements, negotiating skills and a range of other legal issues.

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  • British Copyright Council (BCC)

    The British Copyright Council (BCC) was established in 1965 and is a national consultative and advisory body representing organisations of copyright owners and performers and others interested in copyright in the UK. It lobbies the British Government, the European Commission and Parliament and international bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation on matters of copyright and related issues.

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  • Free Culture: The nature and future of creativity

    Lawrence Lessig, "the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era" (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers-that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and can't do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our freedom to imagine.

    Publisher: Penguin Books
    Published: 2005

     

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  • Performing Arts Network and Development Agency (PANDA)

    PANDA is a non profit distributing company providing a high quality resource of support, information, advice, professional development and networking for emerging companies in the independent performing arts sector with a focus on the North West region and in particular in Greater Manchester.

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  • BBC Film Network - Clearances

    BBC's Film Network runs in collaboration with the UK Film Council. Includes a filmmakers guide to the clearances, from script and music to location and contributors. After all, you'll only be able to distribute and screen your film in public if it is ‘cleared'.

    The site also includes information about the filmmaking process from pre- to post-production.

    Film Network is a new BBC website designed to showcase new British film talent by screening short films and profiling the people who made them. The site also provides filmmakers and audiences with community tools allowing them to comment on the films and exchange tips, advice and ideas.

     

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  • The Modern Law of Trade Marks

    The new edition of this established text updates the previous edition following significant changes in Trade Mark law and procedure. By Ashley Roughton and Christopher Morcom

    Publisher: Butterworths Law
    Published: 2005

     

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  • British Film Institute (BFI)

    The BFI's website has a directory of copyright-related training courses for film industry professions.

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  • Yorkshire Forward

    Yorkshire Forward

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  • Arts Council Northwest

    The Arts Council works to get more art to more people in more places. They develop and promote the arts across the Northwest, acting as an independent body at arm's length from government.

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  • Merseyside Youth Music Action Zone (MZONE)

    MZONE is the enabling and support service for youth music on Merseyside. They are striving to establish a vibrant and dynamic environment for young people, music makers, educators and the public.

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  • Association of Illustrators

    Membership trade association which advances and protects illustrators' rights. Full members are able to access a dedicated hotline for copyright and other legal advice

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  • Patentwire

    We are an independent patent and technology consulting firm in India with focus on Intellectual Property (IP) protection, enforcement and commercialisation. Our team of IP professionals has varied industry experience and combine legal and practical skills to provide commercially viable solutions.

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  • Inventing the Future: An Introduction to Patents for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

    The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has published fresh guidance for business owners and inventors to explain how they can use patents to their advantage. WIPO says that understanding the IP legal system is crucial to the development of a business' innovation strategy.
    The new guide answers frequently asked questions and provides tips on developing a patent strategy in a small firm.

    Publisher: WIPO
    Published: 2006

     

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  • Media Law for Producers

    Media Law for Producers
    by Philip Miller

    Beginning with a definition and overview of media law, Media Law for Producers examines the court system and how media law is made: litigation and arbitration; contracts (sample production contracts are included); copyright, trademarks, and patents; permits, releases, and insurance; privacy, libel, and defamation; licensing music; working with and without unions; royalties and residuals; protecting your finished production; and special considerations for productions that will be broadcast.

    Contracts are a very important part of this book and Miller explains the reasons behind the necessary components of several types of media contracts. Through clear explanations and examples, Media Law for Producers completely covers what producers need to be aware of to avoid legal trouble.

    Philip Miller is an attorney in the Century City (Los Angeles) office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he specializes in entertainment and intellectual property law. He writes often on the subject of media and technology law and policy.

    This book has been recommended by our partner, Media Lex.

     

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  • Pen Pusher Magazine

    Pen Pusher is a London-based literary magazine, published three times a year, that features original short fiction, poetry, reviews, columns, literary facts and curiosities.

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  • Girls on Film

    Girls on Film put on events every few months showcasing short films of all genres, art-work of every medium and a variety of performances and music.

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  • Coulson & Associates

    Coulson & Associates is a vibrant team of intellectual property professionals providing advice on UK, European and worldwide patent, trade mark and design matters.

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  • IP Lab

    We are a commercially minded IP firm specialising in registering trade marks, design rights and copyright for clients in the UK and the EU. All our services are provided on a fixed fee basis so that clients know exactly what they will be paying from the start.

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  • Bandname.com

    Bandname.com is a worldwide band name registry and the music industry standard for registration of band names. Band name registration helps your band establish whether the name is uniquely yours and assist in consolidating its awareness.

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  • www.aviationpictures.com

    We are a picture source library specialising in all aspects of aviation and maintain a collection of some 500,000 colour images taken since 1969 in my copyright and some 30,000 archival images going back to the end of the nineteenth century. Unlike most picture libraries, we are also an active photographic unit, and we are available for commission still and movie photography worldwide at any altitude. In addition to aviation photography, we also shoot aerial (air-to ground) as well as ground and aerial architectural photography. We shoot travel images as we move around the world and creative abstract photography has recently become a very strong seller..

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  • Designer Directory

    Searchable directory of UK designers in areas such as 3D design, art schools, computer animation, fashion designers, film, game programming, graphic design, illustration, interior design, new media designers, product design, software designers and web designers.

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  • North West Development Agency (NWDA)

    North West Development Agency (NWDA)

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  • Harbottle & Lewis LLP

    Harbottle & Lewis LLP provides high quality legal advice, primarily to the media, entertainment and communication industries.  We have a dedicated group of intellectual property lawyers who are experienced in providing specialist IP advice across a wide range of issues. We regularly advise on copyright, brand and image rights, designs, patents, securing trade marks, anti-counterfeiting and piracy, domain names, enforcement and dispute resolution and marketing and advertising issues.  We are one of the few firms that cover the whole spectrum of IP Rights.

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  • Cumbria Network

    Cumbria Network

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  • Outlandish Creations

    Original and unusual hand-made ceramics produced in porcelain and stoneware. Beautiful, diverse, risqué and alternative. Based in Cornwall, I design and make unique and original ceramics specialising in lighting through slip casting porcelain and creating stoneware works of art. Products include kitchenalia: dinner ware, tea cups and saucers and salt and pepper shakers as well as one-off commissioned pieces. Ideal as gifts for weddings, for friends and as presents for loved ones.

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  • Upstairs Creative Company

    Graphic design and writing services. Not just design and writing, but design and writing combined with 20 years of commercial experience to meet your business objectives, from creating awareness, increasing the value or your services or products to generating sales opportunities. What do you want to do for your business? (PS. if it's all you need, we'll just make a piece of artwork for you, we do little stuff as well as the big stuff).

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  • Formation Zone

    A pre-incubator and incubator for creative industry start-ups. Formation Zone is perfect for those wanting to start or develop a creative business idea in a supportive and collaborative environment. Based at the University of Plymouth in the award-winning Roland Levinsky Building.

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  • flairdesignrhyme

    HAND MADE BOOKS SCREENPRINTS WALL MURALS FINE ART

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  • Blue Orchid

    Blue Orchid is an accredited provider of business support and consultancy. They deliver professional services for start up businesses, SME's and corporate clients. Their purpose is to help you and your team develop, no matter where in the 'business cycle' you are.

    Services include funding; professional training; and business support.

     

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  • Intellectual Property Watch

    Intellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service, reports on the interests and behind-the-scenes dynamics that influence the design and implementation of international IP policies.

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  • Shooting People

    Shooting People is the network of independent film creatives, helping each other to get films made and seen.

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  • Four Docs

    FourDocs is the online documentary channel from Channel 4. Anyone with a story to tell, an opinion to voice or a homemade documentary can send their film link to FourDocs.

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  • Guild of Glass Engravers

    The primary aims of the Guild are to promote the highest standards of creative design and craftsmanship in glass engraving. The Guild acts as a forum for the teaching and discussion of engraving techniques and new developments from around the world as well as acting as a source of information to the public on all aspects of glass engraving and advises the growing number of individuals and institutions wishing to commission work.

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  • The New Blue Studio

    Photography studio providing photography services and hire

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  • Society of Artists' Agents

    The Society of Artists' Agents seeks to promote the use of illustration and to unify and improve the working practices between illustrators, agents and clients. It produces an annual directory of illustrators called 'Originals', and runs an award ceremony. The website contains a useful terms & conditions page which can be used as an outline for contractual negotiations between illustrator and client.

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  • Kin (Merseyside)

    Kin (Merseyside)

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  • Intellectual Property: The lifeblood of your company

    This book is written by two IP lawyers, experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters. The book deals with different types of IP protection and how to apply them. It also covers how to cope with the infringement of one's IP or allegations that it infringes someone else's IP. Finally, the book advises on how best to exploit one's IP rights and the sort of commercial agreements that will be entered into as a result. The book is aimed at business people rather than lawyers and, as a result, contains concise, practical, day-to-day advice rather than the study of legal theory or case law. By Mark Elmslie and Simon Portman

    Publisher: Chandos Publishing
    Published: 2006

     

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  • She's Ingenious!

    Online resources and network supporting women developing and commercializing new product ideas and inventions.

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  • Inventing the American Dream: A history of curious, extraordinary and just plain useful patents

    Inventing the American Dream: A history of curious, extraordinary and just plain useful patents (2003) is a British Library publication, by Stephen Van Dulken, which offers an entertaining examination of the great (and not-so-great) inventions which have helped shape US society today.

    It is available for purchase on Amazon (rrp £18.95).

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  • Briffa

    Briffa is an award-winning and highly regarded intellectual property law firm. You will find our approach refreshingly ‘can do'. We help all businesses who want to grow and compete to use their intellectual property to accomplish this. We set fixed fees for most work and are geared towards helping small businesses. All Briffa, lawyers offer a personal, proficient and cost-effective service.

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  • British Inventors Society (BIS)

    BIS was formed in December 2003. The team that came together includes leading inventors and innovators, academics and entrepreneurs who share a common belief - that invention is the vital spark that drives the world's technology and new orders of wealth creation. The BIS Society is responsible for organising the annual international competition, the British Invention of the Year and the World Invention awards.

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  • HD Productions Training & Media

    HD Media production, photographic and training company. Specialising in tapeless workflow using Xdcam EX and web 2.0 marketing.

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  • North West Community Radio Network

    The North West Community Radio Network is a forum for licensed community radio stations as well as those awaiting licenses. The Network aims to support community radio stations in North West England at their different stages of setting up, in skill and information sharing. It also works to build a profile of community radio within mainstream agencies such as the NHS, Regional Development Agencies and the BBC.

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  • BLACA

    BLACA is a forum for discussion of matters affecting the rights of authors and other copyright owners. Members meet regularly in central London. BLACA is the UK arm of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) founded in Paris in 1878 under the Presidency of Victor Hugo.

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  • Planispheres

    An independent production company and consultancy assisting in development and production and facilitating co-productions. Providing back up for producers and production companies on rights exploitation and business and legal affairs. Producer, executive producer and co-producer roles. Independent consultant. Credits include: International award winning documentary 'Fire Burn Babylon' 2009 currently on the festival circuit. Voting member of BAFTA & the UK's Producers Alliance - PACT.

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  • Creativebias (Merseyside)

    Creativebias (Merseyside)

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