Intellectual property is a high priority for any organisation. Protecting, exploiting and effectively commercialising your intellectual property, even more so.

This rings especially true when it comes to the creative industries. Being a sector that relies on the IP they produce, industries such as TV, music, fashion and design, arts, architecture, publishing, advertising, video games and crafts, need well-thought-out IP management to trade effectively, raise funds and, essentially, grow.

This is a lot easier said than done. But with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the UK Intellectual Property Office announcing the new Creative Industries Sector Deal, there’s long-term commitment to the sector. It comes as part of the government’s ‘Industrial Strategy’ to put the creative industries at the heart of the UK’s future economic success – understandably so too: worth £92 billion and employing more than two million people, the sector’s growing at twice the rate of the rest of the economy; a move that’s going to prove especially key after Brexit.

What role can IP practitioners play in this development? Well, there’s significant emphasis on protecting the IP of creative businesses and ensuring that creators realise increased value from the creative content they’re distributing online, so there’s a clear need for business-focused advice from legal specialists. IP practitioners will also be able to support the IP protection aspects of the strategy. These include plans for:

  • New action to crackdown on copyright infringement
  • New Codes of Practice in social media, digital advertising and online marketplaces, developed in conjunction with online intermediaries and rights holders
  • Educating consumers on the dangers of copyright infringement with £2 million in funding for the ‘Get it Right’ campaign

It’s a positive move for creative businesses but it won’t come without its challenges. The correct protection, enforceability and effective exploitation of your rights can seem a little daunting at the best of times, not to mention the increasing pressure to do all of this in an online environment.

Central Law Training is pleased to announce the Intellectual Property Law Conference 2018, providing an invaluable opportunity to get up to speed on the most recent developments and latest thinking. Our expert speakers include some of the leading lights in IP, and will take you through the significant latest developments you must be aware of – and what they mean for your practice.

The conference also includes a practical workshop on online copyright, so it will get you well on your way to maintaining a strong copyright framework and protecting your IP from online infringement.

Whether you’re a practitioner working in-house within a small, medium or large organisation, in private practice advising on these issues, or simply wanting to do more with your IP but are not quite sure where to start, attending the conference will give you invaluable insight, inspiration and a chance to network with fellow IP practitioners.

Highlights include:

  • Benefit from guidance on leveraging your organisation’s IP
  • Discuss what recent judgments mean for your practice
  • Understand the impact of Brexit on EU and UK IP law
  • Benefit from Q&A time with our experts
  • Learn, share knowledge and network with fellow IP practitioners

The conference takes place in central London on 28 June 2018. To find out more and see the full agenda, visit our website: http://www.clt.co.uk/Conference/Intellectual-Property-Law-Conference-2018/