Emma Richards, Campaign Manager, Intellectual Property Office

Thursday 30 June, 13:45 - 15:15

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 Every business will own intellectual property – this could be the name you trade under, the look or the function of products you make or use, even the brochures you create to promote your business. All these elements can be protected if they are important to your business and if you manage them correctly they can provide competitive advantage.   The Intellectual Property Office, an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), can help you understand how patents, trade marks, designs and copyright can prove an asset to your business.   Our main responsibilities are: 
  • educating businesses and consumers about IP rights and responsibilities
  • IP policy
  • supporting IP enforcement
  • granting UK patents, trade marks and design rights
 Our work encourages innovation, helping the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas.  
Emma Richards


Emma Richards, Campaign Manager, Intellectual Property Office

Emma has worked for the IPO for 23 years after studying Business and Marketing in the University of Wales in Cardiff. She is experienced in delivering and advising on all aspects of Intellectual Property. She has worked in the Business Engagement Team for the past 14 years and travels the UK giving advice to SME’s and individuals who want help with their IP strategy.

In her personal life Emma is a busy Mum to 3 children. She enjoys running and swimming raising money every year by taking part in races around south wales.  She also sings with a local soul band and performs in a local pantomime at Christmas.