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Plymouth PATLIB

"So helpful, very friendly, made something quite complex quite easy to understand."

Plymouth PatLib is based in the Central Library and is part of a national network of Intellectual Property (IP) Information Centres supported by the Intellectual Property Office. (IPO)

Phone: 01752 306795

We provide:

  • Information on all aspects of IP, including patents, copyright, trade marks and designs, helping local businesses and individuals to understand and exploit their IP
  • Free assisted patent, trade mark and design searches for start-ups and small businesses
  • Espacenet patent search service with access to UK, European and Worldwide patents
  • Free computer access in the Central Library and low cost City Centre meeting space
  • Workshops and activities for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and students in Plymouth and the South West, enabling people to understand, protect and exploit their intellectual property
  • Free credit checks on UK companies. Basic information on directors, financials, CCJs and credit rating. Email or phone 01752 305900.

"First class service. It is vital that these services continue to be available for small businesses to succeed."

For links to useful websites on intellectual property visit the cyberLibrary - Innovation.

One Stop Ideas Shop

Guidance in a confidential setting from experts in the field, including Plymouth PATLIB, University of Plymouth, Outset Plymouth, patent and trademark attorneys and the Plymouth Science Park.

All sessions are held in the Career Gateway in the Roland Levinsky Building at Plymouth University and at the Pool, Tremough and Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centres in Cornwall. The One Stop Ideas Shop normally runs from 2pm to 7pm on the 2nd Monday of the month and from 8am to 12pm on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Dates are on the University of Plymouth website.

For more information or to book your session phone 0800 052 5600, email or visit the Enterprise Solutions website.

Find out more about the One Stop Ideas Shop and how they can help your business by downloading the document below.

There is a charge of £25 to be made on booking which is refundable to current University students and the unemployed.

Historical patents

Patents can be a fascinating source of historical information, whether you're tracing the development of a particular technology, or trying to find out more about one of the inventors in your family.

Download our guide to tracing historical patents below.