Protecting your brand or product (IP)

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Knowing how to protect your idea, whether it’s an invention or a brand name, can save you a lot of time and money.

What is Intellectual Property (IP)?

A quick introduction to IP from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

Need help to understand your IP and how to protect it? Contact us to find out more about -

  • searching for trademarks, designs or patents
  • how to apply and the application process
  • who owns the copyright if you commission something from a third party, such as a website or promotional materials
  • coming to an IP workshop

You can also use our resources to find out more about copyright, trademarks, registered designs, patents and IP Attorneys in the area

Intellectual Property Clinics

Want to talk to an Intellectual Property attorney from Bailey Walsh & Co LLP? The clinics are held at Hull Central Library throughout the year. Contact us for an appointment.

Want to know more about IP?

There is further information on the British Library website to help you understand and protect your IP.

Visit British Library website for more information.

IP Equip is a free online course created by the IPO, covering copyright, trademarks, designs and patents.

Access IP Equip website for more information  

Do you know how to protect your IP?

Every business owns some form of IP. Use the IPO’s  IP Health check to find out more about protecting your IP. A confidential report is created for you and includes actions, recommendations and guidance.

Visit IP Health check website

Try these websites to help you search for trademarks, designs and patents in Europe and further afield. 

 The EPO is the European Patent Office has information on applying and searching for patents, legal issues on patents, patent grants and rules

Access The EPO website

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has further information about protecting IP across borders

Visit The WIPO website

European Union Intellectual Property Office  to search and apply for EU registered trademarks and design searches

Find out more information on European Union Intellectual Property Office

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has global databases for registered trademarks and designs 

Access WIPO trademarks website

Access WIPO designs website

Contact us:

Business IP Centre Hull 

Central Library

Albion Street



Telephone 01482 223 344




Central Library
Albion Street

Telephone - 01482 210 000

Opening hours
Monday 9.30am - 5pm
Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
Wednesday 1pm - 7.30pm
Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm
Friday 9.30am - 1pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday Closed


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