Introduction to Intellectual Property Law for Charities

Does your role in your charity or social enterprise involve regular contact with its name and brand, publications, website designs, videos, institutional know-how, or campaign ideas? These contain intellectual property rights (or “IP”) – assets of your organisation that need to be protected properly.

If IP is part of your working world, but you have questions about the IP your organisation holds and how it is handled, then you could benefit from this session with BWB’s in-house experts in this area. As well as industry-leading advisers in the fields of copyright, database rights and related areas, BWB also has the only team of trade mark attorneys in the UK that specialises in assisting charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Amongst other topics, the seminar will cover:

  • Copyright – What is copyright and what does it protect? What rights do you have? Common misconceptions and practical steps to protect your copyright.
  • Database right – What is this and why does it matter to you?
  • Trade marks – The basics of trade mark law and practice, including registering trade marks, ‘passing off’ (unregistered trade mark rights), and best practices for checking new names and brands are free to use.
  • Resolving disputes – What should you do if someone treads on your toes (or accuses you of treading on theirs)? What alternatives are there to court action?

Who should attend

Anyone who deals with intellectual property in their working life, and wishes to learn more about the law in this area.


Mathew Healey
Molly Waiting
Mindy Jhittay


3:30pm registration

4:00pm seminar

6:00pm finish and networking