Guidance

UK PatLib contact information

Updated 27 January 2017

1. Aberdeen PatLib Centre

1.1 Address

Aberdeen City Council
Business & Enterprise Service
Central Library
Rosemount Viaduct
Aberdeen
AB25 1GW
United Kingdom

1.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)12 2465 2514
Fax: +44(0)12 2462 4118
Email: BusinessInfo@aberdeencity.gov.uk

1.3 Services available

  • information on Intellectual Property (IP), copies of Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and European Patent Office (EPO) literature
  • enquiry service
  • assisted searching
  • referrals to other advice/service providers
  • access to internet
  • monthly IP clinics with local Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) members (appointment only)

2. Belfast PatLib Centre

2.1 Address

Patents Section (Belfast)
Central Library
Royal Avenue
County Antrim
Belfast
BT1 1EA
United Kingdom

2.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)28 9050 9105
Email: Business@librariesni.org.uk

2.3 Services available

  • public reading room
  • provision of intellectual property documentation
  • individual consultation

3. Birmingham Business & IP Centre

3.1 Address

Business & IP Centre Birmingham
Business and Learning
Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square
Birmingham
B1 2ND
United Kingdom

3.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)12 1303 6800
Email: BusinessandLearning@birmingham.gov.uk

3.3 Services available

  • information on IP, copies of IPO and EPO literature
  • daily one hour 1:1 appointment with IP Advisor (appointment only)
  • weekly patent clinics with local CIPA members (appointment only)

4. Exeter Business & IP Centre

4.1 Address

Business and information hub
Exeter Library
Castle Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3PQ
United Kingdom

4.2 Contact details

Email: bipc@librariesunlimited.org.uk

4.3 Services available

  • information on IP, copies of IPO and EPO literature
  • free 30 min 1:1 enquiry service (appointment only)
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, business and company databases, market research databases
  • referrals to other advice/service providers
  • workshops and Seminars

5. Glasgow PatLib Centre

5.1 Address

Business@The Mitchell
The Mitchell Library
North Street
Glasgow
G3 7DN
United Kingdom

5.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)14 1287 2904
Email: business@glasgowlife.org.uk

5.3 Services available

  • information on IP, copies of IPO and EPO literature
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, databases
  • assisted novelty and other IP searches
  • fee based document supply
  • referrals to other advice/service providers
  • patent clinics

6. Hull PatLib Centre

6.1 Address

Central Library
Albion Street
Kingston Upon Hull
HU1 3TF
United Kingdom

6.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)14 8222 3344
Fax: +44(0)14 8261 3449
Email: reference.library@hcandl.co.uk

6.3 Services available

  • information on IP, copies of IPO and EPO literature
  • enquiry service
  • assisted searching by appointment only
  • fee based document supply
  • referrals to other advice/service providers
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, business and company databases, market research databases
  • referrals to local IP attorneys
  • workshops and Seminars

7. Leeds Business & IP Centre

7.1 Address

Business & IP Centre Leeds
2nd Floor Central Library
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 3AB
United Kingdom

7.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)11 3378 6010
Email: bipcleeds@leeds.gov.uk

7.3 Services available

  • information on IP, copies of IPO and EPO literature
  • enquiry service
  • advice on searching
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, business and company databases, market research databases
  • IP talks available in the library and externally
  • fee based document supply service
  • commissioned novelty, current awareness and other IP searches
  • CIPA patent clinics
  • referrals to other advice/service providers

7.4 Workshops

  • business and IP related seminars
  • “from idea to market” sessions, looking at the process of developing a new product and getting it to market
  • free one to one advice from centre staff, attorneys, lawyers, business advisers, accountants and funding advisers

8. Liverpool Business & IP Centre

8.1 Address

Business & IP Centre Liverpool
Liverpool City Central Library
William Brown Street
Liverpool
L3 8EW
United Kingdom

8.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)15 1233 5835
Email: libraries.enquiries@liverpool.gov.uk

8.3 Services available

  • public reading room
  • search services
  • provision of intellectual property documentation
  • helpdesk services
  • patent clinics

9. British Library Business & IP Centre

9.1 Address

Business & IP Centre London
British Library
Research service
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

9.2 Contact details

Email: The British Library Reference Team
Fax: +44(0)20 7412 7480

9.3 Services available

  • information on IP, copies of IPO and EPO literature
  • free 30 min enquiry service
  • advice on searching
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, databases
  • fee based document supply service
  • commissioned novelty, current awareness and other IP searches
  • bespoke training sessions
  • Public Availability Date service
  • Business Information Advice Sessions
  • referrals to other advice/service providers
  • Comprehensive, fully-funded support programme for businesses specifically looking to grow

9.4 Workshops

  • workshops, master-classes and training on a range of business and IP related topics

10. Manchester Business & IP Centre

10.1 Address

Business & IP Centre Manchester
Manchester Central Library
St. Peter's Square
Manchester
M2 5PD

10.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)161 234 1990
Email: patlib@manchester.gov.uk

10.3 Services available

  • information on IP, copies of IPO and EPO literature
  • enquiry service
  • advice and training on how to use the databases
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, databases
  • commissioned novelty and other IP searches
  • monthly patent clinics offering free appointments with patent attorneys and business advisors
  • Manchester Inventors group
  • referrals to other advice/service providers

10.4 Workshops

  • workshops covering business and IP related topics
  • workshops for special interest groups

11. Newcastle Business & IP Centre

11.1 Address

Business & IP Centre Newcastle
City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AX
United Kingdom

11.2 Contact details

Email: bipcnewcastle@newcastle.gov.uk

11.3 Services available

  • information on intellectual property
  • assistance with searching
  • commissioned novelty and other intellectual property searches
  • intellectual property advice sessions available by appointment
  • referrals to other advice/service providers

12. Northampton Business & IP Centre

12.1 Address

Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Central Library
Abington Steet
Northampton
NN1 2BA
United Kingdom

12.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)16 0436 1447
Email: bipc@northamptonshire.gov.uk

12.3 Services available

  • information on IP, copies of IPO and EPO literature
  • enquiry service by appointment
  • advice on searching
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, databases
  • commissioned IP searches
  • bespoke training sessions
  • Business Information Advice Sessions
  • referrals to other advice/service providers
  • workshops and Seminars

13. Norfolk Business & IP Centre

13.1 Address

Business & IP Centre Norfolk
Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library
The Forum
Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1AW

13.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)1603 774740
Email: businesslibrary@norfolk.gov.uk

13.3 Services available

  • information on IP
  • free 1:1 enquiry service (appointment only)
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, business and company databases, market research databases
  • referrals to other advice/service providers
  • workshops and seminars

14. Plymouth PatLib Centre

14.1 Address

Plymouth Central Library
167-171 Armada way,
Plymouth,
PL1 1HZ
United Kingdom

14.2 Contact details

Tel: +44(0)17 5230 6795
Fax: +44(0)17 5230 5905
Email patlibplymouth@plymouth.gov.uk

14.3 Services available

  • free assistance with patent searches by appointment
  • Espacenet search service giving access to UK, European and world patents
  • resources and information on all aspects of IP including copyright, trade marks and designs
  • free computer access
  • enquiry service
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, databases
  • referrals to other advice/service providers
  • one stop ideas shop - free guidance in a confidential setting from experts in the field of IP

15. Portsmouth PatLib Centre

15.1 Address

Portsmouth City Council Library Service
Central Library
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
PO1 2DX
United Kingdom

15.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)23 9268 8041 or +44(0)23 9268 8064
Email: reference.library@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

15.3 Services available

  • information on IP, Copies of IPO and EPO Literature
  • enquiry service
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, databases
  • fee based document supply
  • referrals to other advice/service providers

16. Sheffield Business & IP Centre

16.1 Address

Business & IP Centre Sheffield
Central Library
Surrey Street
Sheffield
S1 1XZ
United Kingdom

16.2 Contact details

Telephone: +44(0)11 4273 4736
Email: information.library@sheffield.gov.uk

16.3 Services available

  • information on IP, copies of IPO and EPO literature
  • enquiry service
  • advice on searching (by appointment)
  • free public access to internet, IP information resources, databases
  • BizTalks for entrepreneurs and inventors

  • free 1-to-1 sessions with experienced innovator Roger Tipple
  • referrals to other advice/service providers
  • monthly patent clinics
  • monthly trade mark clinics

16.4 Workshops

  • introductory workshops on intellectual property, trade marks, trade mark searching and copyright
  • research your market workshop