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A leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys has become one of the latest patrons of the Technology Supply Chain.

Forresters is backing the Birmingham-based Community Interest Company, which supports manufacturing, engineering, technology and services companies. The Technology Supply Chain works with a range of organisations, including universities and trade bodies, to help businesses find grants, fully funded support and new opportunities.

Dr Jagvir Purewal and Greg Smith from Forresters said it is fantastic to see the firm become a patron of the network, which is helping so many innovative companies in the Midlands. Jagvir said: “Forresters has a history of supporting innovative businesses and entrepreneurs, and so we are excited to be patrons of the Technology Supply Chain which helps these creative businesses and people achieve their objectives. As part of our involvement with the Technology Supply Chain we are offering members free intellectual property (IP) clinics where we explore how IP, e.g. patents, designs and trade marks, may assist these businesses in achieving their commercial objectives.”

Greg added: “Every year UK businesses invest significantly in research and development. It is this investment that helps these businesses stay at the forefront of innovation. Protecting this investment through the use of IP is something that helps these companies to flourish even further in our experience and to maintain their competitive edge. For many businesses, their IP is one of their most valuable assets, and so is well worth protecting.”

Richard Fallon, CEO at The Technology Supply Chain, said: “We are thrilled that Forresters has joined us as patrons, as the input they have provided us with over the last few years has been invaluable. Our no-cost membership provides support and opportunities for a range of manufacturing, engineering, tech and services firms. It is the generous support of our Patrons which allows us to do this. We launched in 2018 with the vision of creating a golden age for manufacturing, engineering and tech firms in the West Midlands. Jagvir and Greg have worked with us since then, and it is wonderful to have them officially involved now through our patron scheme. It is surprising how many of our members are innovating, and yet don’t know about intellectual property, or money saving initiatives such as the patent box.

“Also, it is fantastic to have Forresters as a finalist and on the judging panel of our Innovation Awards and see them recognised for the work they do with innovative and creative companies.”

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