Intellectual Property (IP) Innovation Fund galvanises IP law firms, Innovation Intermediaries and University IP Centres. A collaboration instigated by Creative Barcode, Blue Pencil and Innovation Bank brings together some of the UK’s leading organisations directly responsible for industry Intellectual Property needs, particularly those seeking to assist creative industries, innovators and start-ups.
The collaboration is launched under a collective belief that if the entry level into intellectual property becomes less complex, faster and easier, students, individuals, creative, new technology, micro-sized and start-up firms will be better positioned to benefit from their IP created at the outset, through to and beyond commercialisation.
Its core focus is on developing less complex mechanisms and processes for individuals; lone inventors, innovators, creative industries, digital and all sector micro-sized companies and start-ups who struggle, particularly at early IP stage, to safe-guard their Intellectual Property in-development.
Innovation concepts are at the core of the creative industries skill base but rarely are they seeking to commercialise alone. Instead many 1000’s seek collaboration and commercialisation partners or to sell or license concepts to other businesses. And entrepreneurs with new business propositions seek the input of others to shape their propositions pre-launch.
However, they also experience a high level of vulnerability when non-disclosure agreements can be hard to come by, or are weighted towards the interests of issuing party or are too just general to be meaningful. Creative Barcode has successful developed a more visible system that is fast, easy and non-complex. However, it feels that more can be done with the collective support of the legal profession, Universities and innovation intermediaries.
The IP Innovation Fund is open to all organisations that share in the collective belief. An inaugural meeting of minds is scheduled to take place on 22nd April hosted by the British Library Open Innovation project.
Endorsed by World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Creative Barcode® is a not for profit organisation with members in more than 24 Countries who use its digital system to attribute their work, protect and safely disclose concepts to third parties or communicate rights reserved in completed works displayed on and offline.
Trust, Ethics, Etiquette, Authenticity, Integrity and Fair Trading are the Creative Barcode® and its members guiding principles.
The Creative Barcode® product is easy to use, non-complex, low cost, and involves no in-depth paperwork. It is ideally suited to creative industries; inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups, micro-sized and SME firms, Universities and their students and graduates.
Since launch in September 2010 not a single breach has occurred despite attracting users from more than 24 Countries across five continents.
Blue Pencil Media
Blue Pencil is arguably the first magazine and website dedicated to the explanation and analysis of legal and commercial issues specific to the creative industries. Established in 2011, Blue Pencil Magazine is edited by Julian Wilkins whose career spans media, IP law and script writing
Innovation Bank is a safe-trading portal for all type and size of innovation-led firm. It encourages collaborative partnerships and the licensing, buying and selling of innovation concepts and IP. Account holders can also send innovation requests to each other singularly or to specific groups. All trading takes place within a secure, non-public area, where account holders are signed to the Creative Barcode® Trust Charter. A front-end Innovation directory and news room is open to public view and is used by account holders as a PR and marketing facility.