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IP Clinics

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys holds regular Clinics at a number of sites around the UK to provide free basic advice to unrepresented innovators who are at the early stages of developing an idea. The Clinics are all given by a Registered  Patent Attorney who is a Fellow of the Institute.

Listed below are the current sites for CIPA IP Clinics and other IP Advice Clinics, and contact details for arranging an appointment.

Many firms of patent attorneys will also offer the first consultation free of charge, so if there is not a Clinic listed locally, you could contact a local firm of patent attorneys. To search our Directory of Patent Attorneys click here   .


Aberdeen

IP advice clinics are held at Aberdeen Central Library generally on the third Wednesday of each month – 3.45pm to 7.05 pm – Booking is essential.

To make a booking or for more information contact Aberdeen PATLIB   

Tel: 01224 652500
Email:    LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Address: Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1GW   


Birmingham

The Business and Learning in Birmingham Central Library holds IP Clinics every Monday evening, from 5:00-6.30 pm - appointment necessary.

Each appointment will consist of a one-hour confidential consultation with a specialist patent and IP information officer/librarian. These appointments may include:

  • assistance in constructing a search strategy for patents, trade marks or registered design;
  • referral to other agencies for professional help and funding; and
  • supply of and basic guidance on procedures and forms for registration of IP rights.

For more information or to make a booking please contact Business and Learning:

Tel: 0121 303 6800
Email:     businessandlearning@birmingham.gov.uk 
Address: Library of Birmingham, Cenetenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND

The library also offers weekday appointments [for further information on weekday clinics please contact Business & Learning on the details above].


Cambridge

IP advice clinics are being held in Cambridge every month, starting in December 2016.  The location of the clinics may vary each month, so please check this page regularly for information about upcoming clinics.  If you would like free advice on patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, or any other general IP advice related to developing and commercialising an idea, please come along to the clinics where you will be able to talk to a qualified Patent Attorney and member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

Appointments are necessary – please contact us to make an appointment (which will last 20 to 30 minutes).

Contact: Parminder Lally
Email: eastofengland@cipa.org.uk

Date & time of March clinic: Tuesday 21st March 2017, 10:00 to 13:00
Location: St. John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS.

Date & time of April clinic: Tuesday 25th April 2017, 10:00 to 12:00
Location: The Trinity Centre, 24 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0FN


Leeds

Talks, advice and networking for inventors and entrepreneurs. Once a month on a Monday evening in the Central Library - appointment necessary. 

For more information or to make an appointment please contact:

Contact: Mr Gerard Doonan
Tel: 0113 247 8266
Email:    bipcleeds@leeds.gov.uk   
Address: Business & IP Centre Leeds, Central Library,  Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB


Liverpool

IP clinics are held at Liverpool Central Library on the first Tuesday of the month – 5.00pm to 7.30 pm - appointment necessary.

To make an appointment contact Ruth Grodner.

Tel: 0151 233 5835 
Email:  libraries.enquiries@liverpool.gov.uk   
Address: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW 


London

London IP Clinics are held every Tuesday evening at the CIPA office. Please note, booking is essential and a deposit is required to guarantee all appointments. To arrange an appointment or for more information, please contact:
Email:     clinics@cipa.org.uk 
Tel: 0207 405 9450
Address: CIPA, 95 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DT. 

You can also contact a Patent Attorney directly for advice, visit our  Find a Patent Attorney service    where you can search for a London-based patent attorney. 
     


Manchester

Every third Tuesday of the month - 2pm to 6pm - appointment necessary

Contact: Manchester PATLIB 
Tel: 0161 234 1990/91 
Email:     patlib@manchester.gov.uk
Address: Business and Intellectual Property Centre, Manchester Central Library, St.Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD


Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Newcastle City Library offer free 1-2-1 advice in one-hour appointments every Wednesday morning and every Friday afternoon. They also have a range of free guides. Sessions take place on Level 1 at Newcastle City Library, just two-minutes walk from Monument metro station. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact: 

Newcastle Libraries’ Patent Advice Service
Tel: 0191 2774100
E:  bipcnewcastle@newcastle.gov.uk      
Address: Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 8AX
              
Web: 
   www.bipcnewcastle.co.uk


Newport, South Wales

With the assistance of CIPA, the Intellectual Property Office in Newport is now running regular Clinics. An Examiner from the Intellectual Property Office will also take part in the clinic.        

 

Address: Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8QQ      
For details of the venue, dates and to book an appointment online click     here  


Peterborough

IP Clinics are being held at Rawlinsons Chartered Accountants, Ruthlyn House, 90 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 2SP. 

Contact: Joanna Bacon
Email: joanna.bacon@rawlinsons.co.uk
Click here for more contact details.

 


Plymouth & Cornwall

Monthly IP advice sessions are available at the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, and also at one of the following - Pool, Tremough or the Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centres in Cornwall.

The One Stop Shop provides a forum for individuals to talk through their inventions/business ideas in a confidential setting, receive face to face expert guidance to enable them to understand how to protect them and explore any potential form business opportunity.

Contact Plymouth University's Enterprise Solutions to find out more or to book:

Call: 0800 052 5600 | Email: enterprisesolutions@plymouth.ac.uk | Visit:www.plymouth.ac.uk/enterprisesolutions |


Portsmouth

Intellectual Property Advice Support Service (iPass), offers IP advice to students and alumni of University of Portsmouth only.

Contact: Joe Sekhon (Director of iPass & Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law) 
Tel: 02392 84102 
Email:  joe.sekhon@port.ac.uk

Address: Intellectual Property Advice Support Service (iPass), School of Law, University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE   

Please Note: iPass is funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office and is open to students and alumni of the University of Portsmouth only.


Sheffield    

The Reference and Information Library, Central Library, offers IP advice one day a month, from 9:30-5:30pm - appointment necessary.
Contact: Lynne Hinchliff   

Tel: 0114 2734736/37
Email:  information.library@sheffield.gov.uk. 
Address: Reference and Information Library, Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ  


Southampton

 Southampton central library hold IP Clinics on the last Thursday of each month, between 5-7pm. 
Contact: Library Administration Office 
Tel: 023 8083 4645 before 2 p.m
Email:  jackie.titcombe@southampton.gov.uk
Address: Library Office, Central Library, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LW