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Forresters gears up for World Intellectual Property Day

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Attorneys at Forresters are offering a complimentary consultation to businesses for World Intellectual Property Day which, this year, looks at the importance of IP rights in the world of sports.

On Friday 26th April, Forresters – a leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys – will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day and the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year the theme is Reach for Gold and takes a look inside the world of sports. As part of the celebrations for the day, Forresters will be offering courtesy initial advice to businesses across the UK that are interested in protecting their IP rights.

Forresters has a number of clients from the world of sport, in addition to supporting Neston Cricket Club in Parkgate, near Liverpool. The firm of attorneys will be providing support throughout the year and sponsoring the Sporting Lunch, which takes place during the club’s popular Marquee Week. Marquee Week also includes The Parkgate Proms and The Summer Ball, and the aim is to raise £30,000 from the events.

Craig Stubbs, general manager at the club, said: “Since the club was created, over 100 years ago, it has grown to include squash, hockey and tennis facilities as well as space for boules and croquet.

“Having sponsors like Forresters is huge for us, as it enables us to continue to invest in the club and ensure we have the best facilities for all players. This helps our young players reach their potential such as one of our youth members, Izzie Howell, who represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games last year.”

Forresters also support Fairfax Saddles in Bloxwich, near Walsall in the West Midlands, whose product development is headed up by former international showjumper Vanessa Fairfax. Developed with Olympic riders including Spencer Wilton, Kitty King and Australian triple Olympic gold medalist Andrew Hoy, its range of patented products include the Performance Girth, which was described by ‘Horse & Hound’ magazine as ‘Team GBR’s secret weapon’ at the London 2012 Olympics.

Vanessa said: “Sadly, whenever there’s a great idea, there’s always someone who will want to copy it and sell the idea as their own. This is why game-changing designs and inventions such as ours are protected by patents. A specialist like Forresters can nail down the process and give your protection a proper structure, making sure there are no loopholes and you’re fully protected in all markets.”

Forresters is also headline sponsor of the Winchester PPP – which stands for Pedal, Paddle, Pace. This event sees participants cycling, running and kayaking their way through the highways and waterways of Hampshire. The unique event, which this year takes place on Sunday, July 14th, has raised over £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support since it began in 2004.  Event organiser, Richard Nichols said: “Forresters has been an incredible partner for the PPP over the past three years. The financial support ensures that every penny of the entry fees goes straight to Macmillan Cancer Support, and that is of course very important to us.”

The firm is also a long-standing supporter of third generation racing driver, 24-year-old Sam Brabham from Oxfordshire. Four years ago, Sam won a British Formula Ford race watched by his Dad, multiple Le Mans winner, David. His achievement echoed the success of his grandfather, three-time Formula One World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham.

Sam made a return to competitive racing last year and he’s been busy helping to test Brabham Automotive’s first model, the sensational Brabham BT62. Matt Shaw, equity partner at Forresters, said: “Forresters is a long-standing supporter of the Brabham family and we have worked with Sam from early on in his career. We are looking forward to seeing how he progresses and we are pleased to continue our partnership, supporting Sam, while looking after the Brabham trade marks.

“Sports have become a huge global industry, employing millions of people around the world and entertaining many more. Securing IP rights helps to stimulate growth of the industry by enabling sports organisations to finance events and develop sports at grassroots levels.

“Forresters are looking forward to supporting World Intellectual Property Day which, this year, doesn’t just look at sports teams, but also the development of new sports technologies, materials, training, and equipment to help improve athletic performance and engage fans worldwide. From sports personalities to broadcasting rights, everyone in this exciting industry benefits from protecting their intellectual property to ensure they can continue to innovate and inspire us all.

“Anyone from across the world of business that is interested in finding out more about their intellectual property, and how it can boost their company’s performance, can get in touch with us for advice on the next steps to take.”

To book your free IP consultation, please email us on info@forresters.co.uk