16 April, 2008 – How not to get ripped off – free advice for the creative industry
A new pilot project offering free-of-charge intellectual property advice to small businesses within the creative industries is to be launched by the University of Salford.
Run in conjunction with Skillset, the TV and media skills council, and the Northern Edge group of universities, Own-it North will be a three month roll-out of the London-based intellectual property advisory service, Own-it. It will provide creative businesses with advice on how to protect and exploit their work. Funded by the North West Development Agency (NWDA), the project will work with leading Manchester law firm Pannone LLP to provide intellectual property-related knowledge, advice and events.
Designed to support the region’s growing creative and digital business sector, membership is free and members will be able to attend events, access event podcasts and templates of legal contracts, gain free legal advice and book free one-to-one intellectual advice sessions with lawyers.
Own-it was established in London in 2004, and has been enormously successful with over 14,500 creative business members and ten specialist intellectual property law firms who provide their services free-of-charge.
Own-it is recognised at government and ministerial level as an example of good practice in business support for the creative industries. It was highlighted as an exemplar project in the recent Department for Culture, Media and Sport strategy paper for the creative industries – Creative Britain, New Talents for the New Economy.
The partners of Own-it North will be the Northern Edge group of 16 universities, led by Salford University, and Skillset North West. The project will run across Manchester, Newcastle, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Humber regions, starting from May 2008.
Project Director, Salford University’s Professor Ron Cook said: "This development is evidence of the growing partnership between public agencies, the private sector and universities to deliver support to the North’s creative businesses at a time of immense opportunity for the sector in the context of major developments such as Mediacity:uk."
Source: University of Salford press release