A workshop hosted by the Design Network North in partnership with HGF, Ward Hadaway and the Business & IP Centre Newcastle.

Protecting your intellectual property is essential for any designer, but it’s so easy to forget about it when you’re focused on creating products you’re proud of. We’ve brought together regional IP experts, including Ward Hadaway Law Firm, intellectual property specialists HGF, Business & IP Centre Newcastle and the Intellectual Property Office, to help you to understand what you need to know to identify, protect and utilise your IP in the areas of fashion and the creative industries and of product design and manufacture.

We begin the morning with a short introduction to IP and the services of the UK Intellectual Property Office, followed by two bespoke workshops run simultaneously; Fashion designers, retailers and general creatives will benefit from ‘IP in Fashion and Creative Industries’ whilst product designers and manufacturers will find ‘IP in Product Design and Manufacture’ meets their needs.

After a quick coffee, delegates can choose between workshops on ‘How to defend IP rights’ and ‘IP protection whilst working in collaboration’.

Together with ample time to network, this is a great opportunity to learn from and get free advice from a number of local IP experts and services.

8.30 – Arrival

9.00 – 9.30 – UK Intellectual Property Office: Introduction to IP

9.30 – 10.30 Workshop 1: IP in Fashion and Creative Industries


Workshop 2: IP in Product Design and Manufacture

10.45- 11.45 Workshop 1: How to defend IP rights


Workshop 2: IP protection whilst working in collaboration

11.45 – close – Networking

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