Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Final presentation of the Young Inventors Challenge 9/12/09


Twelve year nine pupils from Horsforth School have taken part in the final presentation of their Young Inventors Challenge – a project run by Leeds Libraries Business & Patent Information

Services at Horsforth Library where they were challenged to come up with their own inventions.

On Wednesday (9/12/09) they met in the ballroom at Horsforth library to present their work to an invited audience. Among the guests was one of the most enterprising young inventors of today – Leeds University student Emily Cummins. Among her various inventions Emily has won world-wide acclaim for her solar-powered fridge and sustainable water carrier which have had a huge impact in the townships of Africa. Having won numerous awards including the Sustainable Design Award at the 2009 Women of the Year Awards, Female Innovator of the Year 2007, Technology Woman of the Future 2006 and Cosmopolitan’s Ultimate Woman of the Year, she was keen to see how the young inventors had developed their ideas.

Emily began proceedings by sharing her experiences of inventing and developing new products. From a very young age she has enjoyed finding out how things work and thinking up new ways of doing things. She emphasised how important innovation is and what a great opportunity it presents to young people.

Then it was the turn of the young inventors. Since September the group have taken part in a series of workshops covering the World of Patents, Patent Searching, Applying for a Patent, Choosing a Name and Market Research. Working in pairs they have produced a portfolio of work and ideas and although they have not produced their inventions they have filed patent applications on them at the UK Intellectual Property Office.Each pair stood up and gave an impressive account of how they had researched their ideas, backing up their accounts with facts and figures from market research they had found and some they had done themselves. There was also an opportunity for the audience to chat to the inventors as they stood by the displays of their work. Emily and Business & Patents staff then spent some time deciding which team had been most impressive in their presentation and throughout the course. Finally Emily presented prizes to the winning team – Andrew Maud and Mussa Said with their Balancing Device – and consolation prizes to the other teams.

The Young Inventors Challenge, supported by Europe Direct Leeds as part of the 2009 European Year of Creativity & Innovation, was, in the view of those running the course, a great success. The pupils have been lively and enthusiastic and it has been great to see them constantly coming up with ideas and discussing their products.

Inventing, protecting and getting to market a new product is a subject area that is not particularly well known to many people and yet is vital in business and industry. These young inventors stated that they had certainly learned from their experience.



Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Survive and Thrive Survive and Thrive – How to manage your business in tough times on 24 November 2009

Survive and Thrive on 24 November 2009 at the Ghandi Hall, Headingley Campus, Leeds from 9.30am - 1.30pm.

The event features a specially invited line up of experts who will also take questions from attending delegates.
There will be a chance to network afterwards over a buffet lunch.

Find out:
What banks are doing for business in the current climate
How to raise finance in tough times
How to win public sector business with Leeds City Council
How to manage debt and improving cash flow
How to use Sage Accounts to effectively manage cash
How to sell yourself in tough times
About practical support and guidance and how to access funding available from Business Link Yorkshire

To book you place, click here or call 08456 048 048

Download the pdf to find out more about the event.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Global Entrepreneurship Week 16-20 November 2009

Global Entrepreneurship Week 16-20 November 2009

check out the thousands of events and activities happening across the UK at http://www.gew.org.uk/


Global Entrepreneurship Week at the British Library


Thinking about starting a business?

The British Library’s Business & IP Centre is holding a week of special events and workshops to help you on your way.

Find out more at:
http://www.bl.uk/bipc/workevents/global/global.html

Friday, 16 October 2009

Calling All Innovators....

Calling all Innovators...

Innovator10


Wednesday 3rd March 2010
Leeds City Museum

Innovator/10, the third Yorkshire and Humber Innovation Awards has been established by Yorkshire Forward to celebrate innovative organisations that are based, or have a major presence in the region. In today's global economy, the ability to innovate can determine the success or growth of a business or of a region, or a country. Of all the triggers for success, the ability to innovate is perhaps the most critical, and therefore the biggest challenge.
Innovator/10 celebrates the outstanding achievements in Innovation and creativity in the region. This year's winners will receive a cash prize of £3,000 to invest in development or research that will enable their business to further enhance their innovative progress.
This year's awards categories include:
Young Innovative Business Award
For Young businesses that have demonstrated creativity and entrepreneurial flair in the launch and early growth of a business. Success must be based on innovative products, processes or services that have a track record of early commercial success and have potential for further growth and expansion in turnover, profits and employees.
Innovation in Action Award
For an innovative new product, process or service developed in the region, which represents a significant advancement for their industry or sector and which offers outstanding opportunities for future commercial success.
Lord Stafford – Partners in Innovation Award
The Innovator/10 Awards and the Lord Stafford Awards, based in the West Midlands, have joined together to celebrate businesses that have collaborated with the research community through the Partners in Innovation Award for Yorkshire and Humber, in the hope to raise the importance of knowledge transfer partnerships on a regional and national scale. The partnership must be based on a defined project which resulted in the successful development of an innovation with potential to deliver significantly improved business performance and commercial success.
Sustainable Innovation Award
For businesses who have made outstanding advances in environmental sustainability through the development and marketing of innovative products, processes and services. The award can also recognise organisations that have introduced innovative management if natural, manufactured and human resources, for the long-term benefit of their staff, shareholders, customers, suppliers, the wider community and the environment.
To apply online or for further information visit http://www.innovator10.com/. All applications must be submitted no later than 17.00 on Wednesday 2nd December 2009.

Find out more about us, visit http://www.yorkshire-forward.com/
Leeds (Head Office) Victoria House 2 Victoria Place Leeds LS11 5AE

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Emily Cummins speaker at the next inventors group



Just to let you all know that the speaker at next week's meeting - 21st October - will be Emily Cummins who, among other things has won the Sustainable Design Award at the 2009 Women of the Year Awards, Female Innovator of the Year 2007, Technology Woman of the Future 2006 and Cosmopolitan's Ultimate Woman of the Year...

Prize for electricity-free fridge

Emily's gap-year trip to Namibia meant she could improve her prototype fridge
A 22-year-old Leeds student has been named one of the Women of the Year after inventing a "sustainable" fridge.....read more at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/8305408.stm

Leeds Inventors Group
A great opportunity to mix with other inventors and get advice from people involved in the business of protecting and exploiting new ideas and products. An invited speaker attends each monthly meeting. Open to all. Free admission.

Next meeting: Wedsnesday 21st Oct 2009 6pm-7.45pm

Where: Leeds Central Library, third floor meeting room.

Speaker: Emily Cummins, inventor of the fridge for Africa http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/8305408.stm

Central LibraryCalverley Street,Leeds,LS1 3AB
Ring (0113) 2478266 to book your place
For further information tel 0113 2478266 or email piu@leeds.gov.uk
http://leedsinventorsgroup.blogspot.com/2008/07/leeds-inventors-group.html

Friday, 9 October 2009

Leeds Inventors Group on Facebook

Learning Sessions October to December at the Central library

- digital cameras,computer skills, email, internet, scanning, photoshop,family history, silver surfing and word processing.

Learning Sessions Oct to Dec 2009

Innovation Events Calendar

We have created a google calendar for events we are running or attending plus other IP and business/enterprise related events. It is not exhaustive but will hopefully prove useful.The * events are the ones Business & Patents are involved in.

Also check out http://www.innovationcalendar.co.uk/
and http://www.ipo.gov.uk/whyuse/events/events-calendar.htm

Thursday, 8 October 2009

FREE Olderpreneur Roadshow in Leeds on Wednesday 14th October 2009.

FREE Olderpreneur Roadshow in Leeds on Wednesday 14th October 2009.

Over 50?

Learn about starting your own business
FREE Olderpreneur Roadshow
Wednesday 14th October 2009

The Merrion Hotel, Wade House House, 52
Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8NH
1.0 0 pm to 4.1 4.15 pm OR 4.30 pm to 7.4 7.45 pm

• Hear from inspirational speakers
• Meet people who have gone ahead and started
• Find out where to get help locally

Book your free place NOW online

PRIME - helping the over 50s set up in business. The PRIME Initiative is a registered charity (No. 261794-2)

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Brands, Inventions and Ideas

This FREE event aims to offer help and advice to businesses who want to know more about trade marks, patents and designs and the value in registering them. Identifying these assets and realising their value can make an impact on the medium to long term success of most businesses.
Every business has some form of Intellectual Property that it uses to distinguish itself from its competitors. Whether it is their trading name, a logo or a brand - all businesses need to be aware of the value and importance of their intellectual assets as well as the risks of not registering them, to prevent others using them at anytime, anywhere, anyhow.

This event will provide a seminar, networking opportunities, expert advice and support, along with industry professionals who will be on hand to offer guidance on individual questions during the day.

Additional support will be available on the day from Business Link and the professional body for trade marks - ITMA and patents - CIPA. With the opportunity to attend a licensing workshop.

Free refreshments will be provided.
Date
Thursday 8 October 2009
Time of event
11:30 - 17:00
Venue
Elsie Whiteley Innovation CentreHopwood LaneHalifaxHX1 5ER
Book your place for this event http://www.ipo.gov.uk/events-halifax1009.htm

Friday, 25 September 2009

Business Coaching Documentary


This programme is offering companies the opportunity to access free business coaching provided by an expert consultant. The coaching will be tailored to the specific goals of the company and its employees to help them become a stronger and more productive unit. Our expert will provide help with any issues the company would like to address, from increasing productivity to improving internal relationships and planning and achieving long-term ambitions.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

THE EUROPEAN WOMEN INVENTORS & INNOVATORS NETWORK (EUWIIN)


Exhibition, Conference, & Award Ceremony Helsinki, Finland, 7-9 October 2009


Innovation for Enterprise, Science & Technology in Europe


Celebrating the European Year of Innovation & Creativity

Over 300 delegates are expected at the 2nd Bi-Annual International Expo, Conference and Awards Ceremony, the most informative occasion for promoting inventive and innovative women in Europe and the international world.Join us for a programme rich in content and lots of opportunities to learn more about existing policies and practises which support and assist the many creative and scientific inventions and innovations by women in Europe which have a good potential in developing into thriving businesses. Areas of discussions will cover intellectual property rights, business intelligence, research and development, equity and commercialisation, access to funding and various other existing opportunities.http://www.euwiin.eu/index.php?option=com_eventlist&Itemid=79

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Are you thinking about setting up your own business or are you already a successful entrepreneur? If so, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs could be for you! http://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a pilot project initiated by the European Union (EU). It aims at helping new entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for managing a small or medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) by spending time in a business in another EU country. It contributes to improving their know-how and fosters cross-border transfers of knowledge and experience between entrepreneurs.

Download the Erasmus flyer
http://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/upload/H840-290%20ERASMUS%20Leaf7v%20EN.pdf

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Business Link Yorkshire Workshops and Seminars

Business Link Yorkshire is your first point of contact when looking to start up in business or grow an existing business. Specialised support can be accessed online, on the phone, or through expert advisers. Business Link will help you identify your needs, and then point you in the right direction to get the most practical advice and support available. All Business Link services are FREE.

You can contact Business Link by telephone on 08456 048 048, by email at info@businesslinkyorkshire.co.uk or by visiting the website http://www.businesslinkyorkshire.co.uk/
the events programme offers you an extensive range of FREE workshops and seminars which are continually evolving.

www.businesslinkyorkshire.co.uk/events


FREE start up workshops:


How to set up and run a Family Business
Tuesday 13 October 2009, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Carlisle Business Centre, Bradford


How to set up and run a Family Business when you have been out of the Job Market
Wednesday 14 October 2009, 9.30am - 12.30pm, The White Swan, Halifax

Monday, 17 August 2009

Europe Direct Leeds

Information about our partner organisation

About Europe Direct

Europe Direct Leeds is part of a network of 16 centres in the UK, 500 across Europe which aim to act as an interface between the EU and its citizens at local level.We can help with general questions on every aspect of Europe and can put you in touch with relevant specialist services if required.We have leaflets, brochures and materials to take away about the European Union’s activities and policies. We also organise events and activities to make the public aware of the EU.
The Information Service can help with any of the following enquiries.
EU facts and figures
Travelling, studying and working or retiring in European Union (EU) countries
How the EU works
How EU decisions affect the UK
Information on funding opportunities and signposting to other organisations who can help (see our links)
Free publications, brochures and guides on all aspects of the EU
Bulk ordering of publications e.g. for schools
Freephone access to the Europe Direct call centre on 00 800 6789 10 11
Free internet access in the library gives you easy access to EU websites
European Policies and programmes
European legislation and directives

Monday, 13 July 2009

Leeds Inventors Group-bits & pieces

A few things which may be of interest:-

Firstly, the European Patent Office is advertising its "European Inventor Award". Anyone can submit a proposal, deadline 12th September 2009. Details here:-http://www.epo.org/topics/innovation-and-economy/european-inventor.html

Secondly, a couple of newspaper articles on Tim Moor, who is the speaker at this week's meeting of the inventors group:-http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?The_end_of_baby_bottles_as_we_know_them?&in_article_id=700499&in_page_id=34

http://www.thepress.co.uk/search/1728480.Brother_of_invention/

meet the inventor Tim Moor at the Leeds Inventors Group:

The end of baby bottles as we know them? meet the inventor Tim Moor at the Leeds Inventors Group: http://twitdoc.com/c/rn4tk9

G & T design, press release
http://www.gandt-design.com/

Leeds Inventors Group:

A great opportunity to mix with other inventors and get advice from people involved in the business of protecting and exploiting new ideas and products. An invited speaker attends each monthly meeting. Open to all. Free admission.

Next meeting: Sept 2009

Where: Leeds Central Library, third floor meeting room.

Speaker: TBA

Central Library
Calverley Street,
Leeds,
LS1 3AB
Ring (0113) 2478266 to book your place
For further information tel 0113 2478266 or email piu@leeds.gov.uk

Friday, 19 June 2009

Learning Sessions July to Sept at the Central Library

Learning Sessions July to Sept at the Central Library. http://twitdoc.com/c/ga5meg
Learn in the library - programme of sessions http://ow.ly/f1MY

Learning Centre, 1st Floor (through the Art Library), Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB – Tel: (0113) 247 8270

Please note: The Learning Sessions booking system has changed. You will not be booked straight onto a session – leave your name and contact details at the Lending Library counter and a librarian will contact you to make sure you are booked onto a session that is right for you. For Family History sessions, please book in the Local and Family History Library.Tel: 0113 2478290

Monday
Introduction to Digital Cameras –
10.30am-12 noon (two-week sessions)
6th & 13th July
17th & 24th August
7th & 14th September
21st & 28th September
Learn the basics of digital photography, using our cameras to point and shoot. Learn what all the buttons do and upload your snaps to the computer.

Tuesday
Word Processing
7th, 14th, 21st July & Thursday 23rd July
18th & 25th August, 1st & 8th September

Use Microsoft Word to make letters, menus, etc. look more professional.
Basic Computer Skills – 2pm-3.30pm
7th July
18th August
15th September

For total beginners. Use a mouse and a keyboard for the first time.

Basic Internet – 2pm-3.30pm
25th August
22nd September
Get to grips with the World Wide Web, with help from us.

Basic Email – 2pm-3.30pm
8th September
29th September
Take your internet skills a bit further by creating an email account.

Wednesday
Introduction to Family History
Using the Internet – 10.30am-12.30pm
(see also Saturday & Sunday)
15th July
29th July
12th August
26th August
9th September
23rd September
Find out which online resources are available to help you research your family tree and learn how to use them.
Please book this session in the
Local and Family History Library.

Introduction to Scanning –
2pm-3.30pm
1st July
12th August
2nd September
Use the scanner to digitise pictures and save them in the right format for printing and emailing.

Introduction to Photoshop Elements –
2pm-4pm
8th July
19th August
9th September

Learn how to use this powerful image editing tool to enhance your pictures.
Photoshop Follow-Up –
2pm-4pm
15th July
26th August
16th September
Take your new Photoshop skills further, using layers to create a poster.

Friday
It’s Never Too Late to Get Online!
(Silver Surfing) – 10.30am-12.30pm
4th September
11th September
18th September
25th September
Think you’re too old to use computers and the internet? Think again! Come to the Learning Centre and see what’s on offer.

Photoshop: Brushes and Patterns –
2pm-4pm
17th July
21st August
18th September
Explore the Brush Tool and Pattern Fills, creating your own custom brushes and patterns.

Saturday
Introduction to Family History
Using the Internet – 2.30pm-4.30pm
(see also Wednesday & Sunday)
25th July
22nd August
19th September
Find out which online resources are available to help you research your family tree and learn how to use them.
Please book this session in the
Local and Family History Library.
S
unday
Introduction to Family History
Using the Internet – 1.30pm-3.30pm
(see also Wednesday & Saturday)
12th July
9th August
6th September
Find out which online resources are available to help you research your family tree and learn how to use them.
Please book this session in the
Local and Family History Library.

If these sessions are at the wrong time for you (or there’s something else you’d like to learn), we may be able to arrange an extra session (although we cannot guarantee this). Please leave your name and contact details with a member of staff.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Innovative Calderdale

What’s it about?

Protect your work and ideas @ Innovative Calderdale.

Everything you need to know, and more, about how to protect your work and ideas.
Due to popular demand, 'Innovative Calderdale' will host an entertaining journey through the facts needed to protect your Intellectual Property.

Renowned experts from the Intellectual Property Office will explain copyright, designs and trade marks.
No matter what business you are in, if you are making a living out of 'your' ideas, then discover your true worth at the event.

In addition, Yorkshire Forward will update you on the range of grants, loans and other support available - such as Business Link's £3k Innovation vouchers - and will also be happy to field individual enquiries at the event on support for potential innovation projects.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Venue
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax
Date
17 June 2009
Register here
To book your free place, contact the team on 01422 399 400 or email reception@innovationhalifax.net

Monday, 8 June 2009

directories and related resources for jobseekers and businesses

Leeds directories from Leeds Library and Information Service -
a series of directories and related resources for jobseekers and businesses

http://www.jobseekers.btik.com/

Employment Agencies in Leeds
A directory of over 300 of the recruitment agencies in Leeds to help you identify the ones which may be able to help you find work.

In addition to their contact details, the entries for each agency show whether or not their websites carry job advertisements, and include details about the areas of recruitment they specialise in.

Call Centres in Leeds and Yorkshire
Information on over 70 call / contact centres in the Leeds and Yorkshire region, including contact details, information on the nature of their operations and whether they provide outsourced services on behalf of third parties.

If jobs and careers information is shown on their websites, this is also indicated.

Leeds is one of the UK's largest centres for telephone-based customer services. There are call centre operations in several sectors of the economy, including financial services, retail and customer services management, telecommunications, breakdown services and utilities.

Directory of IT Services in Leeds
This directory has been published in response to frequent requests for details of local companies and organisations involved in the many aspects of computing and information technology, including: hardware, software, consumables, cabling and networks, consultancy services, training providers, internet services, e-commerce solutions and web site design.

The directory contains information on over 500 companies. In addition to their contact details, the entries for each company include a list of the products and services in which the company specialises, and under which it is indexed, together with further description of their services.

If there is jobs and careers information on their websites, this is also indicated.

Database of Voluntary, Community and Faith Organisations in Leeds
Find contact details for nearly 2,000 organisations, groups, clubs and societies in the Leeds area. Their entries show whether or not they recruit volunteers.

Related Links include:
JobSearch
Improve your job hunting skills with this information on finding vacancies, writing CVs, and preparing for an interview.

http://www.jobseekers.btik.com/

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

YORKSHIRE GRADUATE RECRUITMENT FAIR






10th June 11am - 3:30pm, University of Leeds, Sports and Exhibition Centre

The region's major graduate recruitment event

Open to new and recent graduates from all UK Universities

we are attending this event, with information on self employment and intellectual property.

http://www.careers.brad.ac.uk/ygrf/

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Twittering

We are experimenting with twitter - please let us know what you think - details below:

Follow & be followed, join us www.twitter.com/baplig
www.twitter.com/leedscentlib www.twitter.com/patlibuk


If you're new to Twitter, Twitter news, resources & how-tos are here: http://bit.ly/mashtwit

7 Ways to Approach Twitter - http://bit.ly/oLwoY

"Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)" - http://bit.ly/13BnCC


Friday, 15 May 2009

Leeds Business Week 1st- 5th June 2009

Leeds Business Week will take place 1 - 5 June at Leeds Metropolitan University's Rose Bowl, the new home for Leeds Business School. It will include a series of seminars, conferences and workshops giving you the business tools you need to succeed in business now and in the future. Whether you are a chief executive or a PA, a board member of a large plc or a budding entrepreneur, Leeds Business Week has an event for you.

As part of Leeds Business Week, Business Link Yorkshire will be hosting 2 seminars on 'Improving Your Business in Tough Times' and 'Preparing Your Business for a Brighter Future'. Business Link Advisers will be on hand at both of the seminars to let you know what business support is available.

Improving Your Business in Tough Times 1 June 2009, 9.30am - 1.00pm followed by lunch

Four experienced business leaders from Resolve will offer practical and encouraging advice on how businesses can cope with adversity and improve results. They have a wealth of knowledge about do's and don'ts, how to survive and continue moving forward, how to get the best out of people in difficult situations, and how to prepare your business to spot opportunities in spite of the generally poor economic climate.

It will be a morning event finishing with a networking lunch to provide businesses with an opportunity to talk with the speakers. Business Link will be on hand to talk about what business support is available.

Preparing Your Business for a Brighter Future 2 June 2009, 9.30am - 12.30pm followed by lunch

Aimed at SMEs, this seminar looks at different ways businesses can become more competitive through innovation. You will hear how simple changes transformed a product's potential, how web innovation opened up new markets and how a new identity enabled a business to expand. You will learn how to start the process and find out what support is available to help you.
The event will include guest speakers from Bettys & Taylors, G4S, Kilo 75 and Mechan.
The event will be followed by lunch, allowing the opportunity to network .


You can find out more about Leeds Business Week 2009 at
www.leedsbizweek.biz

Friday, 24 April 2009

Adult Learners' Week 9/5/09-15/5/09


Adult Learners' Week - What's On in Leeds Central Library

Lots of fantastic events, learning sessions and activities

Saturday 9th May - Adult Learners' Week Launch Event 1.30pm-3.30pm 1st floor Exhibition space

Health and Wellbeing Event: Pilates, complementary therapies, massage tasters and demos, healthy refreshments and information. No booking required.

Monday 11th May & 18th May - Introduction to Digital Cameras (two week course) 10.30am-12pm 1st floor learning centre tel: 0113 2478270 to book your place

Tuesday 12th May - Basic Computer skills 2pm-3.30pm 1st floor learning centre tel: 0113 2478270 to book your place

Wednesday 13th May - Intro to Photoshop Elements 2pm-4pm 1st floor learning centre tel: 0113 2478270 to book your place
Wednesday 13th May - Art Workshop - Monoprinting with visiting artist Kevin Hickson 5.30pm-7.30pm 1st floor, Art library, No booking required.
Thursday 14th May - Heritage tour of Central Library-Discover fascinating architecture and history of the Central library 11am-12pm, Meet in the foyer by Calverley street entrance, booking required tel: 0113 2476016
Thursday 14th May - Learn a language tasters, learn a language in half an hour for free, Spanish 1.30-2pm,Welsh 2.10pm-2.40pm,German 2.50-3.20pm,Spanish 3.30pm-4pm,Portuguese 4.10pm-4.40pm, 3rd floor meeting room booking required tel: 0113 2478270
Friday 15th May -Silver surfers' event, it's not too late to get online and surf 10am-11.30am or 12.30-2pm, 1st floor learning centre, booking required tel: 0113 2478270


Leeds Central Library
Calverley Street
Leeds LS1 3AB
Tel: 0113 2478270
www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Libraries information portal


Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Libraries information portal: http://www.leedscitizensinfo.org/

Leeds Library and Information Service and Leeds Citizens’ Advice Bureau have created a web portal http://www.leedscitizensinfo.org/ to improve access to relevant, good quality information.

The site has links to trustworthy national information sites and local independent advice providers, and covers topics such as:

debt
employment rights
utility companies and fuel poverty
tax credits and benefits
disability allowances
housing and homelessness
consumer matters
general legal information

The Better Business & Environment Forum


The Better Business & Environment Forum. This is the green business club for West Yorkshire. Come along to this free event to find out more about the services on offer through BBEF and the business benefits of good environmental management.

Why Waste will be working in partnership with BBEF to offer more local hands on support for West Yorkshire Businesses.
Why Waste will be running a drop in workshop at the event – so feel free to come along to chat about options for your business’s waste - bring along a sample of more unusual wastes.

Friday, 17 April 2009

PATENT AND TRADE MARK SEARCHING

Searching – An Important First Step

If you are considering applying for a Patent or a Trade mark it is essential that you do some initial searching. This can save you a lot of time and money further along the line!

Business and Patent Information Services provides access and advice on free search tools. We also carry out low cost Patent and Trade mark searches on your behalf.

If you wish to complete your own search you may find the following websites a useful starting point:

Our own website-
http://www.businessandpatents.org

The largest patent database on the web-
http://ep.espacenet.com/

The British Library guide to Intellectual Property -http://www.bl.uk/bipc/resources.html

The US Patent Office website-http://www.uspto.gov./

The UK Intellectual Property Office Trade mark database- http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tm/t-find/t-find-text/

If you don’t find anything after searching these website please do not assume that there is nothing there. Even if you are experienced in using the internet it is often difficult to construct an effective search if you are unfamiliar with patents. It is advisable to seek guidance from a Patent Library, The Patent Office or a Patent Agent.

BUSINESS AND PATENT INFORMATION SERVICES
2nd Floor, Central Library
Calverley Street
Leeds LS1 3AB
t. 0113 2478266
f. 0113 2478268
Email piu@leeds.gov.uk
http://www.businessandpatents.org

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

My Bright Idea! - Leeds Inventors Group Article

Leeds Inventors Group article in the Yorkshire Evening Post 15/4/09 page 16 - featuring some of our very own inventors........http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/features/My-bright-idea.5172049.jp

Leeds has its very own inventors' circle which meets regularly to discuss ways of making the world that little bit better....

Leeds Inventors Club was founded by Jane Elizabeth Lambert, a barrister of 30 years, who specialises in patent law.She set up the club four years ago because she was concerned about naive inventors falling foul of opportunistic agents....

A good place for any would-be inventor to start is the Leeds club, which meets monthly at Leeds Library.Stef Stephenson and Ged Doonan, work in the Business and Patent Information Service at Leeds Central Library and help run the club.........

Retired Leeds plumber Bill Hyland, 66, came up with the idea for a de-burring tool – a time saving gadget which quickly and safely rounds-off the edges of plastic pipes, making them easier to push into fittings.

Full article - My Bright Idea - YEP:http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/features/My-bright-idea.5172049.jp

Leed Inventors Group meets once a month , next meeting: http://leedsinventorsgroup.blogspot.com/2008/07/leeds-inventors-group.html

Leeds Inventors Group:http://leedsinventorsgroup.blogspot.com/

Contact Business & Patent Information Services Tel: 0113 2478266 email: piu@leeds.gov.uk http://bapisleeds.blogspot.com/ our website http://www.businessandpatents.org/

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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

The Enterprise Shows


Business & Patents Information Services wil be attending the enterprise shows:

The Enterprise Show is your chance to get professional advice on both starting and developing your own business - all under ONE roof and in ONE day! It's FREE to get in, and is the ideal place to make contacts, acquire new knowledge and gain the confidence and abilities that will help you to succeed.

YORK SHOW
Venue: Racecourse, York Dates: Saturday 14th March - Sunday 15th March 2009 Time: Sat: 10am-5pm / Sun: 10am-4pm

LEEDS SHOW
Venue: Millennium Square - Leeds Dates: Saturday 28th March - Sunday 29th March 2009 Time: Sat 10am-5pm / Sun 10am-4pm

HULL SHOW
Venue: City Hall - Hull Dates: Saturday 18th April - Sunday 19th April 2009 Time: Sat 10am-5pm / Sun 10am-4pm

SHEFFIELD SHOW
Venue: Meadowhall Shopping Centre - Sheffield Dates: Saturday 2nd May - Sunday 3rd May 2009 Time: Sat 10am-5pm / Sun 10am-4pm


http://www.theenterpriseshows.com/ Tel: 0800 0322626

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Copyright in Photography - a brief guide to UK copyright in photography.

What is copyright?

Copyright is an automatic legal right which protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. This includes among other things, sound recordings, broadcasts, photography, film and computer programs. It does not protect inventions or names you give to your product or service. It also does not protect an idea, but rather the tangible expression of the idea in some physical form - a photograph is one example of that expression in physical form.........................




FREE booklet available from Business & Patent Information Services - Email: piu@leeds.gov.uk tel: 0113 2478266

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Copyright in Music - Free Booklet Available

This booklet is a brief guide to UK copyright specifically aimed at those who intend to be involved in the music industry as writers, musicians or performers.

Why is copyright important?
Copyright enables those who have created a work, such as a song, or story, to be paid for their creativity. Others can only use copyrighted work with permission of the copyright owner. They are likely to charge for this permission. Copyright owners can control how their work is used - ie how it is copied, distributed, broadcast or performed. Copyright owners have both economic and moral rights. Anyone who uses a copyright work without permission can be guilty of infringement and action could be taken against them........................................................................

For your free copy ring 0113 2478266 email: piu@leeds.gov.uk

Friday, 6 March 2009

New IP Healthcheck Launched

What is it?
The IP Healthcheck online diagnostic tool helps artists, inventors, sole traders and small and medium sized businesses identify, protect and commercially exploit their Intellectual Property (IP). It’s free to use and will help you find out;
• If you have IP to protect;
• Whether you own it and, if you don’t, who does;
• How to protect it, and whether you should;
• How you can exploit it commercially.
What you get
Just answer a series of simple questions on the IP topic of your choice and we will create a tailored confidential report for you, based on what you have told us. The report will include;
• A list of recommended action points, to help you protect and exploit your IP rights;
• An explanation of why we have made each recommendation;
• Guidance on how to put each recommendation into practice;
• Links to useful information, websites and other resources.
When and where will it be available?
The tool is on the website at www.ipo.gpv.uk/iphealthcheck