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Protecting your ideas

Got an idea for a product or service but don’t know how to protect it? The Business & IP Centre Glasgow can help you to identify and protect the Intellectual Property in your business.




© Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) provide legal protection for ideas and inventions, giving creative artists, inventors and businesses control over how their Intellectual Property (IP) assets are used. There can be costs involved in protecting your IP, depending on the type. There are 4 main types of IPRs – patents, designs, trademarks and copyright


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A patent protects new inventions and covers how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made. A patent gives the owner the right to prevent others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without permission. Find out more about patents.


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Registered designs protect the appearance of an object in the geographical region in which you register it. The visual appearance of an object can include colour, shape, pattern, texture, material, etc. Registered designs can include clothes, puzzles, furniture and medical equipment. Find out more about design rights.


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Trade marks, broadly speaking, indicate the origin of goods or services. Traditionally this was done by using words, logos, pictures or a combination of these elements, now trade marks can also be sounds and/or gestures. Shapes of products can also be registered. Find out more about trade marks.


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Copyright is protection for literary or artistic works. Copyright does not protect ideas for works. It is only when the work has been captured (fixed) in hard copy that it is protected. For example an idea for a book cannot be protected, but once you have written the manuscript then copyright applies. Find out more about copyright.


Useful Links

Workshops, Webinars and Clinics

We offer free workshops and webinars on IP as well as one-to-ones and IP Clinics in partnership with Creation IP Ltd . 

Intellectual Property Resources

See our IP Resources page for IP guides and online support tools

The Intellectual Property Office

The IPO UK is the official government body responsible for granting intellectual property rights in the United Kingdom. The website of the IPO UK contains a vast amount of information on all forms of intellectual property including what the different types of intellectual property protect, how to apply for the various intellectual property rights and the necessary forms and lists of relevant fees. 

European Union Intellectual Property Office

EUIPO, is the EU body responsible for both designs and trademarks that cover the entire EU. 

World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. 

United States Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. 

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) is the professional and examining body for patent attorneys in the United Kingdom. 

The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Founded in 1934, chartered in 2016, the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) is a professional membership organisation with the power to shape law and practice – nationally and internationally. 

Advice Direct Scotland

Consumers or businesses can report contraventions of IP legislation to Advice Direct Scotland Tel: 08081646000 

Trading Standards

Trading Standards provide guidance for businesses in IP matters.