16 April, 2008
Two Intellectual Property Solicitors from Forbes Solicitors have advised delegates of the Health Tech Hub on how to identify, protect and exploit Intellectual Property.
Alexandra Sagar and Daniel Milnes of Forbes' Business Law Team were invited to present on this issue by the Health Tech Hub in response to the needs of the medical sector. Having innovative products to offer the market, those operating or diversifying into the medical sector had asked the Hub for guidance on the issue of Intellectual Property.
Daniel Milnes, Partner at Forbes Solicitors said "Forbes is pleased to assist innovators in the North West, by providing help to the Health Tech Hub; Ideas North West; the Digital Development Unit (Blackburn) and other entrepreneurial groups across the region. Intellectual Property can be the most valuable asset in a business and as easy to lose as it is to create. Therefore identification and protection of it is vital and so are the right terms for using any intellectual property in a commercial application". Daniel was recently shortlisted for Corporate Lawyer of the Year and Young Dealmaker of the Year at the North West Business Insider Magazine Lancashire Dealmaker Awards 2008.
Paul White, Innovation and Technology Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said "Forbes Solicitors has proven to be willing, helpful and patient and is able to really engage with both large firms and the sole entrepreneur. Members of our Ideas North West inventor's self-help group have had many problems remedied before they became obstacles. This could otherwise have put a stop to their plans. One company, for instance, found that another company had stolen their company name. Had it not been for some timely legal advice they would have suffered substantial loss of market.
We are really pleased that Forbes continues to support innovators across all industrial sectors in the region".
The Health Tech Hub is an inter-disciplinary initiative led by the Faculty of Health at the University of Central Lancashire. Partners involved in the Hub include:-
The Hub is guided by a strong steering committee with individuals from Medical Device Innovations Ltd; Urban Development International (London) the Cumbria and Lancashire Comprehensive Local Research Network; NW Collaborative Procurement Hub and Prestige Medical. In addition to the Hub partners, the steering committee is also represented by TrusTECH (part of the NHS Innovation Hub network) and Medilink North West.