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Venturefest Oxford 2016

14 July 2016

Last month, attorneys from our Oxford office attended the 18th annual Venturefest exhibition at the King’s Centre. The event attracted more than 1000 delegates, including entrepreneurs, start-ups, business incubators, and professional services.

Highlights of this year’s Venturefest included:

Pitching for Success

Out of more than 50 companies that applied, 20 made the shortlist to present their pitch on the day. The overall winner, as voted for by the audience, was Drygro, which “aims to make arid land productive – to make the deserts bloom.”


Susan Bradley and Samantha Collins went to the lunchtime meet-up of this “diverse network for aspirational women who deliver!” The event was well attended, and we look forward to being part of this new organisation for the women of Oxfordshire as it grows.

How to Maximise Value from your IP

Tim Watkin and Samantha Collins teamed up with Philip Webber from Dehns to give a presentation on the practicalities of protecting brands and inventions, and how it can add value to your business.

Download the presentation slides here.

IP in the UK quiz

We offered delegates the chance to win an Apple Watch by entering our quiz on IP in the UK. Out of the many entries, only nine people got all the questions right, and Jared from Oxford Hackspace was drawn as the winner of the Apple Watch.

Here are the correct answers:

1.    Which of the following protects a name, word, or logo, giving you exclusive rights to use it in relation to specified activities?
○ Obtaining a patent
○ Registering as a charity
○ Registering a trade mark
○ None of the above
○ All of the above

Read more about the different types of IP protection.

2.    Copyright automatically applies to which of the following?
○ Software
○ Films
○ Books
○ None of the above
○ All of the above

Discuss your copyright protection with one of our experts.

3.     Which symbol denotes a registered trade mark in the UK?
○ ©
○ ®
○ ™
○ None of the above
○ All of the above

Make sure your brand is protected.

4.     Which of the following statements is INCORRECT?
○ Patents may be bought and sold as assets.
○ A patent can last 20 years, but you have to pay to renew it during that time.
○ Patents may be licensed-out in return for a fee.
○ Patents expires when the inventor(s) die(s).
○ None of the above (all are correct)

Read our Short Guide on UK patents.

5.     What feature CANNOT be protected by a registered design?
○ Any aspect of a product which is dictated by technical function.
○ The shape and colour of a product
○ The surface decoration of a product
○ None of the above can be protected
○ All of the above can be protected

Find out how registered designs can be a cost-effective way to protect your IP.

For further details, please contact:
Greg Brett

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