LONDON A Business and Intellectual Property Centre is to be opened at the British Library designed specifically to support entrepreneurs and SMEs. Funding for the project was provided by London Development Agency who awarded the British Library £1 million in June 2005 to develop the Centre.
Based at 96 Euston Road, London, the centre provides have free access to market research reports, industry journals, government statistics, on-line databases and the Library’s patent collection.
The Centre will be opened during the evening of March 8 as part of an event entitled 'Discover the Entrepreneur Within' at which the speakers will be Sir Digby Jones (Director-General, CBI), James Purnell MP (Minister for the Creative Industries) and Lynne Brindley (Chief Executive, British Library).
The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) have combined forces to welcome the opening of the Centre. A joint statement from the the Presidents of both Institutes (Michael Harrison – CIPA and Stephen James – ITMA) said “We are confident that this will prove to be a most valuable resource for budding entrepreneurs and innovators. Intellectual property in its various aspects of patents, trade marks, designs and copyright forms an important and often neglected asset for many companies.”
The Institutes have undertaken to supply the Centre with a full range of explanatory leaflets covering all aspects of intellectual property (IP).