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On this page you will find access to solicitors, and guidance on copyright and intellectual property.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind; such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

The Intellectual Property Office can help you get the right type of protection for your creation or invention - see here for IPO guidance and information.

The IPO has also provided a guide to the IP Bill for SMEs, explaining what some of the proposed changes to IP law on Designs and Patents would mean.

Manage your Intellectual Assets with support from the Intellectual Asset Team at Scottish Enterprise.

Guidance on how to protect your Intellectual Property internationally can be read here.

ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a membership trade organisation, set up as a round table action group in 1996, by designers for designers. ACID is a membership organisation committed to raising awareness and encouraging respect for IP within individual and corporate responsibility. By helping its members to understand and protect their rights, ACID is intent on stamping out intellectual property rights abuse.


CREATe is the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. CREATe investigates the future of creative production in the digital age, and in particular the role of copyright.

The Centre brings together an interdisciplinary team of academics from law, economics, management, computer science, sociology, psychology, ethnography and critical studies within a consortium of seven UK universities (Glasgow, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths University of London, Nottingham, St Andrews, and Strathclyde), and over 80 industry, public sector and civil society partners.

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