Intellectual Property (IP) is the area of law used by businesses to differentiate their products and services in the commercial marketplace via distinctive branding or endorsement; new inventions or creations; novel appearance or design. IP can be a critical asset for your business but one which is at risk of attack from cyber criminals if your business trades online, has a website or even just email.

IP crime is traditionally viewed as counterfeiting (false branding) and piracy (illegal copying) but cybercriminals are increasingly coming to recognise the value of confidential data held by your business, be it sensitive information about your business operation or customer information such as credit card details (made even more topical with the advent of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016).

IP Wales is a £4m award winning business support initiative. The mission is to provide Welsh small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with the knowledge and financial means to commercialise their intellectual assets. The aim is to raise levels of awareness and understanding of intellectual assets, allow businesses to make informed commercial choices about protecting these assets, and to help Welsh SMEs sustain and grow their businesses, by integrating an intellectual assets strategy into the heart of their business plan. Since its launch IP Wales have provided strategic advice to over 750 clients, helped to capture and protect 205 patents, 60 trade marks and 12 industrial designs around the World and furnished financial support for 25 IP licensing deals.

Working in partnership with the Wales Cyber Security Clusters, IP Wales is extending the advice and guidance they are offering to Welsh businesses, with more of a focus on the increasing cyber security threat to IP, through the formation of an IP Wales Sub-cluster which meets quarterly at venues around Wales.

This Sub-cluster of the Wales Cyber Security Clusters is open to anyone who works with IP or has an interest in learning more about how to better manage and secure IP in this constantly evolving cyber threat landscape.

 

Next Meeting

Sub-cluster meetings are free to attend and are normally held quarterly and the next meeting will be:-

  • Date: 19th December 2017
  • Time: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Venue: Swansea University Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Swansea

 

If you have a topic that you would like discussed at one of the quarterly IP Wales Sub-cluster meetings, or have any questions, please contact Kerry Beynon of Acuity Legal who manages these meetings.