Intellectual property and patents

Increase profits by protecting your ideas 

Intellectual property (IP) – unique knowledge and technology underpinning your business – can open up new revenue streams. Well-managed IP adds tangible value to your business. 

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) helps you maximise the value of your IP, as well as protect it. We can help you make the most of ideas and technologies in bringing a new product, service or process to market. 

If you worry that your business or your ideas are not properly protected, or you’re looking for innovative ways of profiting from existing IP, we have a specialist team who can save you time and money. 

Our experts have wide knowledge and experience of patents, trademarks, copyright, designs and non-disclosure agreements. 


Their advice is free 

Spending time with them will help you understand what you must do to realise the value of your IP – and ensure you don’t infringe the IP of others. That could make or break your business.

We cover the steps you should take to protect your ideas from competitors and ways to identify new revenue streams. We can help you find new markets and export opportunities, for instance. 


IP advice and connections

We provide information on:

  • sources of free advice such as from the European and the China IP rights help desks.
  • IP infringement, counterfeiters, fake goods and piracy
  • protecting your IP rights when exhibiting overseas.
  • buying, selling or leasing IP
  • IP health checks

We can also put you in touch with organisations and IP experts who specialise in helping small businesses to protect and profit from their ideas and innovations. We work closely with our colleagues at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to provide you with the most up-to-date and comprehensive information.