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How to protect your intellectual property and copyright

February 21 @ 12:30 - 13:30

When you’re a self-employed freelancer or contractor, it’s important to understand what intellectual property (IP) is and how you can protect yours.

By protecting your intellectual property properly, it’ll be easier for you to take legal action if a situation arises where someone exploits your intellectual property – for example if your logo is copied or an original piece of writing you’ve created is used on another website without your permission.

On the other hand, understanding more about intellectual property will help you avoid breaching copyright and reduce the risk of a costly claim being made against you.

Designed for freelancers, contractors and anyone running a small business, this webinar, presented by a legal expert, will help you to understand more about intellectual property and copyright which in turn will arm you with the knowledge needed to both protect your business and avoid third-party copyright breach claims.

The webinar will cover these key topics:

  • An overview of IP rights
  • Why it’s crucial for the self-employed to understand
  • What the default position is at law for ownership of IP
  • An overview of the key battlegrounds including:
    • Passing off
    • Copyright
    • Trade mark
  • What a self-employed contractor can do
    • To protect their work
    • To protect themselves from 3rd party claims
  • The IP litigation process
  • How insurance can protect you against 3rd party claims

This is a live webinar with a Q&A session at the end for you to ask any questions.

Speaker – Mark Rankin, Head of Civil Litigation, Markel Law

In the session, Mark Rankin, Head of Civil Litigation at Markel Law, will give his top tips based on the work he does resolving these issues for business professionals.

Mark has over 14 years’ experience defending claims against professionals of all sizes and advising them on recovering unpaid fees, as well as non-contentious issues. Mark’s practice has a particular focus on those operating in the technology and media sectors.

Markel are an award-winning insurer of contractors, freelancers, self-employed professionals and micro businesses. They have over 25,000 customers in the UK and their hassle-free website offers instant cover online, including professional indemnity, public liability and more.

IPSE members enjoy a 10% discount* on contractor insurance from Markel Direct.

*Discount terms and conditions

The 10% discount will be applied to the net policy premium before insurance premium tax is applied. All quotations provided will be subject to meeting underwriting and claims criteria acceptance. All cover will be subject to full policy terms and conditions which are available upon request.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed Limited (IPSE) are an Introducer Appointed Representative of Markel International Insurance Company Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority.

This webinar is free to attend for IPSE members. Non-members can also attend at a cost of £15 + registration fees.



February 21
12:30 - 13:30
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