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Intellectual Property; Look but don’t touch

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017 Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: Gusto, 16 Bothwell Street G2 6NU

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It was good to welcome Intellectual Property specialist Philip Hannay, Managing Director of Cloch Solicitors, on his return to the Breakfast after 5 years.

Philip started by talking about IP infringement and explained that if you have an idea then it’s always wise to carry out a search of registers first. Your idea may already have been thought of and been registered, doing a search will avoid the possibility of extra expense and any nasty lawsuits in the future!

Philip and his team at Cloch specialise in protecting IP but also analysing it particularly in complex cases where it’s a transboundary resource. In this area SMEs are being increasingly undermined says Philip, who then went on to share a few strategy tips to help us keep up with its dramatic change in recent years.

In this digital age, search engines open the door for us to carry out research and analyse other companies, however on the down side it can also expose us to fraudsters who can access and use valuable information about our businesses against us – much to be mindful of when entering our data online!

There was a lot to cover, particularly as business models move more towards data, and knowledge rather than traditional products. IP needs to reflect this change as protection is now required for these ‘less tangible’ services.

Philip, in his insightful, conversational way also ran through an IP refresher as data protection laws tighten over personal data. The UK government has taken down the pay wall to close to 4 million companies and opened wide the information storehouses on directors, shareholders and persons with significant control.

There was much to talk about and many questions from the captivated breakfast audience. If you didn’t have an opportunity to meet Philip or would like more information please contact him at:

Thanks to Philip for his time, in August we look forward to ex-Herald boss Charles McGhee who will discuss ‘Fake News – the Real Story’ Book Now to secure your place.