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London Cleantech Cluster Special Interest Group on Snakes and Ladders for Startups

J A Kemp is hosting the ninth London Cleantech Cluster IP Special Interest Group.

On Tuesday 19 April, J A Kemp partner Tom Albertini will be leading an informal seminar where he will discuss what startup businesses need to know regarding branding, trade marks, designs and copyright.

Compared to big businesses, startups face more acute pressures in terms of money, time and staying on the cutting edge. This means that having the right IP protection at the right time is crucial to support your business plan.

The session is aimed specifically at startups and entrepreneurs. It will cover aspects of trade marks, designs, copyright and confidential information. Questions Tom will be answering during this seminar include:

  • If ideas per se cannot be protected, what can be protected?
  • How do I ensure my chosen brand is available to use and protect, free from objection from third parties?
  • How do I protect a brand name/logo?
  • What is copyright and when does it subsist (focussing in particular on copyright issues surrounding logos)?
  • How do I prove ownership?
  • What should I do to ensure I own the rights if I employ a designer?
  • What are design rights and how can I protect them?
  • What are patents and what do they protect?
  • I need to disclose my ideas and my IP rights; how do I make sure my position is protected?
  • How can I exploit my IP rights to generate revenue for my business?

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions about their own IP situation, as well as learn about the fundamental concepts involved in protecting their intellectual property in the clean technology context. There will also be refreshments and plenty of time for networking. This event is open to all cleantech businesses and is free to attend.

Chance to win a free CleanSpace Tag!

In addition to all this, J A Kemp will be giving away two CleanSpace™ Tags, worth £75 each at the event. The Tag, the world’s first FREEVOLT powered consumer electronic device, is a portable air pollution sensor that enables you to track your personal pollution exposure so you can see what you are actually breathing in, in real-time. The Tag connects to your phone via Bluetooth and sends carbon monoxide levels to the CleanSpace app. The air pollution data is then anonymised, aggregated and combined with data from all the other Tags across the UK. The Tag features FREEVOLT™ technology which harvests ambient RF energy to charge this low energy device. CleanSpace and FREEVOLT are the brainchild of J A Kemp’s cleantech client Lord Paul Drayson and his team at Drayson Technologies Limited.


5.30 – 8.00pm (refreshments provided)


14 South Square, Gray's Inn, London, WC1R 5JJ