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Protecting your idea: IMAGINE IF! IP Workshop with Marks and Clerk

Thursday, February 25th 2021

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18:00 – 19:30 (GMT)


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Join Innovation Forum & Marks and Clerk LLP to know how to best manage IP to maximize company valuation. In this workshop we'll focus on different types of IP and search to make sure your idea is novel and protectable. This is part of our IMAGINE IF! 2021 programme but is open to attend.


Intellectual property (IP) amounts to the vast majority of the value in most early stage start-ups. For this reason, it is essential for start-ups to know what IP they may produce and how it can be best protected. Join Marks & Clerk in an introductory workshop to all forms of IP, including patents, trademarks, design rights and copyright, and how best to secure your IP to build value in your company. The workshop will include an introductory session covering the types of IP available before separating into break-out sessions with IP experts to discuss any specific queries you may have.

This is followed-up by our Leveraging your IP webinar on the 10th of March where we will cover long term aspects of getting value from your IP.


18:00 - 18:05


18:05 - 18:45

Workshop hosted by Matt Jefferies and Michael Barrett

18:45 - 19:00



As a Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney, Matthew advises a wide range of clients in high tech fields, with particular expertise in computing and medical devices. Since joining Marks & Clerk in 2011, he has been active in protecting innovations within the fields of medical devices, machine learning, digital healthcare and telecommunications. Matthew is also a Registered European Design Attorney, with experience advising clients on filing design registrations in the UK and Europe.

Matthew has been an active supporter of the ImagineIF! competition, acting as a mentor and advisor to applicants since 2016.

Michael is dual-qualified as a Chartered (UK) Trade Mark Attorney and as a solicitor. He advises brand owners on all aspects of trade mark protection and registration, including portfolio management, clearance searching, trade mark prosecution, opposition, cancellation, revocation, licensing, assignment, infringement and the law of unregistered trade marks/passing-off.

He graduated from Cambridge and then Liverpool Universities with degrees in English. He qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and worked in legal practice in the City for many years. Prior to joining Marks & Clerk LLP in August 2017 Michael worked for 5 years for another firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys. Michael now advises a number of high profile clients in different sectors including the creative industries, homeware, manufacturing, artificial intelligence, software and food and beverage.


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