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How the Intellectual Property Attaches can Help your Business Abroad

Do you do business in Southeast Asia, Europe, China, Latin America, North America, Gulf States, and India? If so, help and advice is available through the UK IPO IP liaison officers (attachés).

How can they help?

The role of UK Intellectual Property (IP) attaches remains crucial in facilitating and safeguarding businesses. These attaches serve as key intermediaries, connecting businesses with the legal frameworks and resources necessary to protect their intellectual property rights. By fostering collaborations between industry players and legal authorities, they contribute to the growth and innovation of businesses.

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) attaches play a pivotal role in educating businesses about the importance of IP protection. Through workshops, seminars, and one-on-one consultations, they empower entrepreneurs to navigate the complexities of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. This educational outreach helps businesses make informed decisions, safeguarding their innovations and creations.

Meet the IP attaches here with their contact details 

The IP attaches act as advocates for businesses facing IP challenges. They liaise with legal authorities, mediate disputes, and ensure that businesses have the necessary support to enforce their rights. This proactive approach fosters a business environment where innovation is not only encouraged but protected.

It’s ten years since the South East IP attaches were formed and it’s interesting to read about their work here  ACID congratulates Christabel Koh and Desmond Tan on their excellent work. To date they have provided direct support to more than 175 businesses and spoken to more than 6,500 people since 2013.

Adam Williams, CEO of the Intellectual Property Office said, “A well-functioning IP environment is vital for UK businesses to be successful at home and the same is equally true for businesses looking to succeed internationally. We have a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation as a leading IP office with our international partners and competitors. Our attaché network has been a vital part of building that reputation and making sure UK innovators can make the most of their ideas both in the UK and abroad.”

In a globalised economy, the importance of international collaboration cannot be overstated. UK IP attaches facilitate connections between businesses and international IP offices, fostering cooperation on a global scale. This not only expands market opportunities for businesses but also reinforces the UK’s commitment to the international protection of intellectual property.

Further information and help is listed here: Protecting your UK IP abroad
International IP Service
, Extension of UK intellectual property rights abroad

Dids Macdonald OBE, CEO of ACID said, “Having worked closely with several IP attaches over the years, we have experienced their indispensable role in supporting businesses. Through education, advocacy, and international collaboration, they contribute significantly to the success and longevity of businesses by safeguarding their intellectual property rights. Businesses that leverage the expertise of these attaches are better positioned to navigate the dynamic landscape of intellectual property in the 21st century. Importantly, they are very accessible”.

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