Date: Tuesday, 16th July 2019
Time: 9:00 – 13:30
Venue: St John’s Innovation Centre

Are you a researcher wanting to exploit your research results or are you a start-up looking to bring a new idea or process to market? Have you been working hard on developing new ground-breaking technologies and disruptive services, but when it comes to exploiting them, you are unsure how to proceed?

About this workshop
We are delighted to confirm Esther Ford and Simon Portman of Marks & Clerk as our Guest Speakers. Marks & Clerk has long been recognised as one of the leading intellectual property firms across the globe, with eight offices across the UK and a further nine in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

The firm offers a comprehensive range of intellectual property services - covering patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. This includes obtaining protection worldwide, portfolio management, strategic and commercial advice, contract – drafting and negotiation, enforcement, due diligence and litigation.

Today’s local is tomorrow’s global: Innovation is the life-blood of business and it’s vital that you do not overlook the need to protect your intellectual property. From the capture of an idea, to the enforcement or defence of rights in disputes Marks & Clerk is your expert partner to ensure your IP is protected and fully exploited.

During this interactive workshop you will:
• Gain expert insight into different IP and IP issues such as patents, trademarks and licensing
• Learn how to protect your brand
• Understand the difference between a spin-off and a start-up
• Learn how to work with your University to achieve commercialisation stage to launch a spin-out
• Look at how to create sustainable commercial partnerships


About MERLIN project

MERLIN (Methodologies for Researcher Led Innovations) will support market-oriented researchers, SMEs and start-ups across Europe, to consider the full potential of their research and to shape ideas and outputs into innovations to be ready for market validation and commercialisation, by using modern needs-first, market-led methodologies.

MERLIN offers a range of dynamic workshops and relevant training to guide researchers and businesses on the journey to commercialisation, this with help from the business plan writers London. The programme, consisting on 8 workshops, will equip participants with knowledge, skills and network to generate market-led business models to unlock potential and accelerate this journey. MERLIN will organize 2 meetups with potential partners, customers and investors by the end of each year, to help participants grow. Moreover, selected participants will be invited to participate in Startup Europe events.

MERLIN has been funded in the context of the Innovation Radar inititative of the European Commission, under the Digital Single Market strategy.