Intellectual Property: Use It Or Lose It, Buster…

Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 11.00.31Understanding Intellectual Property (IP) is a something vital to every creative company – and especially every games company.  Developers are either working on someone else’s IP, or building their own.  For real, long-term success, generating your own IP is crucial.  It provides your company with real, long-term value and can – in some cases – provide a whole new revenue stream, or way of doing business.

If you don’t understand the value of your own IP, how to protect it, or how to make it work for you – worldwide – your business is not achieving its full potential.

This is where we should mention the phenomenon which is Angry Birds, which is now a whole range of merchandise, cartoons, a movie and hilarious range of clothing.  We’re not going to.  We’re going to mention Lemmings.  Still going strong, over 20 years after it was first released.  Sony owns it now.  Imagine if that wasn’t the case…

Scottish Enterprise, Creative Scotland and Scottish Development International have come together in a spirit of cooperation and sharing to help creative companies protect and make the most of their intellectual property.

waverley gateThe three organisations are holding a FREE event at Waverley Gate in Edinburgh on Thursday 23rd May from 9:00 – 16:30.

There WILL be lunch…  You can book tickets here.

If you’re not familiar with protecting your games, getting your games out to a global market, or the potential for working with other creative businesses – in Scotland and beyond – you need to go to this.

Here’s the full breakdown:

This Creative Scotland event in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International will focus on how creative and cultural practitioners and organisations can successfully manage their intellectual property in the UK and internationally. Legal and business professionals will provide information and advice on prominent intellectual property and exporting issues, and guest speakers from a range of creative and cultural sectors will present their experiences in these areas.

Benefits to companies:

  • Gain an understanding of what ‘Intellectual Property’ is & how to manage it.
  • Learn more about the opportunities and challenges involved in exporting your intellectual property.
  • Get tips and advice from specialists covering key topics such as:
    • IP Management & Strategy
    • Legal: IP Information & issues for Creative Sectors
    • Legal: IP Information & issues when exporting internationally
    • Support available to start your export journey

Hear from companies experienced in Visual Art, Theatre, Dance, Design, Film, Music, Games, Publishing and Broadcasting.

Learn how your business/organisation can make the most of the exciting opportunities on offer.

Network and share best practice with like-minded Scottish companies.

Coffee & Registration from 9am, lunch will be served and we will close with a post event networking reception 3.45-4.30pm.

Speakers for ‘Strategies for Success: Managing your IP & Going Global’.

Key note: Alan Clements, Director of Content at STV

Facilitator: Murray Buchanan; Cargo Publishing, Margins Festival and THNK

Book your place here.

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