Intellectual Property and New Ideas

by Rob Lucas
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Assess the viability of ideas
  • Protect your ideas right from the begining
  • Determine the originality of an idea
  • Write and file a patent application
  • Explore other options for protecting an idea
  • Tackle issues around ownership

We all have ideas, but very few of us ever do anything with them. In this course, Rob Lucas looks at how to develop and protect your ideas so you can get real value from them. He takes you through the processes required to assess new ideas, select the best ones and avoid wasting your time on those that will not work.

The processes he explores apply equally to ideas coming from an individual, a small to medium-sized enterprise, or larger corporate organisations and institutions.

Protecting your big idea

  • What is intellectual property?
  • How can I capture and record ideas?
  • How do I decide if an area is worth pursuing?
  • What types of protection are there for my idea?
  • Why should I protect an idea?
  • What are confidentiality agreements?

Checking the idea is original

  • Is my idea already out there?
  • What is the process for thorough research?
  • What is a patent search?
  • What are market searches?
  • What are price point searches?


  • Why file for a patent?
  • When should I file an application?
  • Who can help?
  • How much does filing a patent application cost?

Registered designs, trade marks and copyright

  • What are registered designs?
  • What are trade marks?
  • What is copyright?


  • Who owns the IP?
  • How does it work when I own the IP?
  • How does it work when someone else is involved in the ownership?
  • What are companies' and institutions' rights to IP created by individuals?
  • How does ownership affect confidentiality agreements?
  • What if I fall out with someone involved with the IP?

Rob Lucas is recognised as an eminent expert in intellectual property (IP) development and commercialisation. He has advised the government in innovation and is a former member of the government's IPPR think tank on the future of digital rights in the UK.

He has authored both private and public sector publications in the subject of IP development and commercialisation. An owner of various SMEs over the years, Rob really knows what it takes for an SME to be successful in this fascinating subject.

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