Managing Intellectual Property Assets for Creative SMEs (Part 2)

About this project
Barbara Townley Henning Berthold
Lead investigator(s):
- Prof Barbara Townley
- Dr Henning Berthold

Start Date: 1st October 2012
End Date: 30th September 2016


In this exploratory project, a number of design-led projects were examined to see the extent to which IP issues feature, where in the design process and how they arise, and the extent to which they aid or inhibit multi-party working. This project provided an analysis of Intellectual Property management issues arising from the use of innovative design methods by SMEs for product/service development.

Project outputs include:

  • Intellectual Property and Copying: The Attitudes of Creatives - This paper examines the understanding and perception of micro and SME games developers and fashion and textile designers of intellectual property (IP) and its enforcement.
  • For what it’s worth: explorations into early-stage IP - This paper critically reflects on a Scottish innovation initiative delivered by a national consortium of both academic and non-academic organisations and the strategies adopted towards the propertisation of ideational content in the development of new entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Up your IP: Design meets Intellectual Property - Held in June 2014, this workshop attracted a broad range of design practitioners with a professional interest in IP. Participants heard from industry experts discussing the IP issues that designers face in today’s market place.
  • Project poster - Project activities have been summarised in this poster which was presented at the CREATe All Hands conference in September 2014.