Redcar MP Anna Turley has welcomed a partnership between leading intellectual property firm Marks and Clerk and the Materials Processing Institute that will boost SMEs and start-ups in the North East.
Ms Turley officially opened MPI’s unit, which provides expert IP advice and support to SMEs and start-ups engaging in research and development in the region.
Businesses from the region, including those associated with the Institute, the Innovate Tees Valley and Tees Valley Business Start Up Programmes, as well as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will be invited to sign up to the IP drop-in service, delivered by Marks and Clerk.
Marks and Clerk patent and trade mark attorney, Giles Pinnington, will be based at MPI’s Middlesbrough campus for one day a month, helping companies and start-ups assess how they can bring their business ideas to fruition.
IP advice can vary from guidance on what type of IP protection is needed, such as patent application, brand protection or design registration, to helping with filing an application.
Giles’ experience covers a range of technologies in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering, including: production and processing of bulk chemicals, foodstuffs, packaging, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and engines.
Ms Turley said: “It is great to see this new partnership based at the Materials Processing Institute, which will support innovative and trail blazing companies on Teesside and in our region.
“Research and Development is so crucial to bringing new industries and new jobs to this area and this is exactly the kind of service companies need to help turn those ideas into reality. I congratulate the team at the Institute and Marks and Clarks for bringing this about.”
Giles Pinnington, Marks and Clerk associate, added: “We are excited to partner with the Materials Processing Institute so we can help to enhance the level of professional services support available to businesses in the North East of England. Our aim is to support innovation and commercialisation by giving businesses access to specialist intellectual property insight and knowledge.”