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Link to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography website

Oxford English Dictionary

Link to Oxford Reference

Link to more online services

Innovation and Intellectual Property

UK Intellectual Property Office
Government backed site providing information on copyright, patents, design and copyright. Espacenet, the free searchable database of UK, European and World patents can be reached from this site.

Intellectual Property Digital Library (WIPO Gold)
WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) Gold is a free resource providing access to WIPO’s global collections of searchable IP data.

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
CIPA are the professional and examining body for patent attorneys (also known as patent agents) in the UK. The website offers basic advice on intellectual property and a searchable list of Patent Attorneys.

British Library: Business and IP Centre
Knowledgeable advice on all aspects of intellectual property.Free online courses are useful if you are considering doing your own searches. They also have a fee-paying service to conduct a search on your behalf.

Patent Box
HM Customs and Revenue background on Patent box tax break.

US Patent and Trademark Office
Includes the full text of all US patents since 1976 and full-page images of each page of every US patent issued since 1790. Images are published in TIFF format only. Updated weekly. Full-text and images of all US patent applications published since 15 March 2001. Free to search.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
Full text of the 1988 Act.

FAST: first anti-software piracy organisation

The UK Copyright Service
Two good sites with information on protecting your copyright.

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM)
OHIM is the European Union agency responsible for registering trademarks and designs that are valid in all 27 countries of the E.U.  Free to search for trademarks and designs.

ACID: Anti-copying in Design organisation