Guide

Use intellectual property to grow your business

Intellectual property business help and support

There are networks of business advisers across the UK who can advise you on intellectual property (IP) issues, regardless of the size of your business.

If your business is in Northern Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) provide technical advice including on how to protect your intellectual property.

IPO's business support

The Intellectual Property Office's (IPO) business support team has a range of outreach products and services to support UK businesses:

  • IP Connect - a free monthly e-newsletter offering the latest developments in IP. 
  • IPO events, exhibitions and seminars throughout the UK. 
  • IP Master Class - a specialist course for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and IP skills. For more information, email the Intellectual Property Office at ipmasterclass@ipo.gov.uk.

To find other IP courses and business events, you can search our Events Finder.

Help and guidance on IP in Europe and worldwide

The European Patent Office (EPO) produces the Inventors' Handbook, which explains how you can develop your invention or idea into a commercially successful and profitable product. 

The IPR Helpdesk can help with the specific IP issues involved in research and development and innovative European Union (EU) funded projects. InnovAccess provides direct access to national and EU resources and general IP issues.