A firm of European patent and trade mark attorneys, Haseltine Lake, has become the latest sponsor to back the IP100, which includes the UK’s first IP league table and a community of IP-rich businesses across the UK.
The IP100 is the UK’s first IP ecosystem highlighting companies that have significantly invested in their IP in the form of IP creation, IP management policies, R&D activities and IP commercialisation.
The annual report and the IP100 league table, which ranks innovative companies by the quality of their IP, is compiled by Metis Partners, an award-winning commercial IP valuation firm.
Haseltine Lake has become the latest to sign up to support the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks IP100, alongside current key sponsors including Jumpstart, Johnston Carmichael, Search-a-patent and Safeguard IP.
Speaking about the IP100, Emma Bevan, a partner at Haseltine Lake, said: “Haseltine Lake are excited to be working alongside this exclusive network, and hope to encourage UK businesses to promote a better understanding of the creation and management of IP.”
BQ’s Bryan Hoare said: “We’re delighted to have Emma and the team at Haseltine Lake on board. Haseltine’s involvement will provide a huge boost to not just those involved but also to the sector as a whole, championing the quality of IP throughout the UK."
Bryan’s views were echoed by Metis Partners’ director, Stephen Robertson, who added: “Having Haseltine Lake become a sponsor is another great step forward giving entrants access to their expertise. We can’t wait to work with the team at Haseltine Lake to help us swell the IP100 to over 150 companies and more.”
Throughout the second half of 2017, the IP100 will engage in a number of exciting initiatives, including the development of a dedicated digital platform which will be available to everyone including investors and advisers. IP100 club events for entrants kick off in September, with the next one sponsored by SAS Software Ltd.
Some of the fast-growing IP League entrants have had an exceptional Q2, including Metail, a virtual fitting room startup, which raised £10m in a funding round led by Hong Kong based clothing manufacturing firm, TAL, and P2i, a global leader in liquid repellent nanotechnology, which secured £10m in funding from Clydesdale Bank.
New IP100 entrants can now apply to be included in the forthcoming IP league table and they will be assessed on IP-specific data linked to five key IP asset classes: brand and reputation, critical databases, software, patents, and trade secrets.
The next update of the IP league table is due to be released in Q1 next year. For further information on the IP100, click here.