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Attack of the Clones: The full force of the law.

Later this month, Newcastle law firm  Burnetts is hosting a free lunchtime briefing to help business owners identify and protect their ideas. 'An Introduction to Intellectual Property’ takes place on the 12th July 2011 and will be held at Burnetts’ Newcastle office on Lansdowne Terrace, Gosforth.

Earlier this year Britain’s most senior judges considered the facts of a Star Wars dispute over the right of British designer Andrew Ainsworth - who created the Imperial Stormtrooper helmet from the 1977 film - to sell replicas from his shop in West London. 

Newcastle may be in a galaxy far, far away from the setting of the epic sci-fi trilogy, but protecting ideas or “intellectual property”, is still an essential element of managing the assets of a business.

Later this month, Newcastle law firm Burnetts is hosting a free lunchtime briefing to help business owners identify and protect their ideas. ‘An Introduction to Intellectual Property’ takes place on the 12th July 2011 and will be held at Burnetts’ Newcastle office on Lansdowne Terrace, Gosforth.

I.P. experts, Vaughan Jones and Caroline Redhead, will present the seminar which will give an overview of copyright, design, trade marks and patents, identify potential issues with employees and contractors and consider the online content.
Vaughan, a partner at Burnetts, says “Intellectual property is a key asset of many businesses so establishing ownership is important. Some aspects of the law in the area are complex and expanding alongside digital technologies.

The aim of this briefing is to review the fundamentals of intellectual property and to help develop a greater awareness of how best to protect what are valuable business assets.”.
Burnetts’ legal briefings offer delegates practical, grounded advice on legal issues, personalised with real-life examples and informed by first-hand experience. Best of all, they are free to attend, but booking is essential.

An Introduction to Intellectual Property is part of a series of Burnetts’ Law @ Lunchtime legal briefings. For more information and to reserve your place, please complete the booking form or contact Hannah Turner on 01228 552215 or email htu@burnetts.co.uk.

A definitive ruling on Lucasfilm Limited and others (Appellants) v Ainsworth is expected later this year.

Published: Wednesday 6th July 2011
Categorised: Corporate Law, Legal Services in Newcastle

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