There should be a super brainstorming session in the Patent Collection on the top floor at Leeds Central Library next Wednesday. I shall be in the chair (possibly in both senses for those who care to cross the road for a bevvy afterwards) and on the panel will be David Robertson Brown of Gumption (featured left) and a patent agent appointed to represent this year's CIPA president Michael Harrison.
David is a remarkably gifted chap. He has produced a fantastic CD called "Eternally Free" in which he has recorded poems read by his wife Geri (a very talented and accomplished actor) set to music by Far Pavilions composer Philip Henderson.
However, his main business is project management for new high tech companies. In that capacity he brings his engineering knowledge and military training gained from years of service in the RAF into play. Customers include Business Link for whom he has worked for many years.
What he doesn't know about business plans, funding (particularly Eurodosh) and the people who matter in the North of England probably isn't worth knowing.
We don't yet know who will deputize for Michael next Wednesday, but Leeds has no shortage of good patent and trade mark agents and many of them come to our investors' club.
Finally, Sue (the PATLib librarian in Sheffield) and I are working hard on a South Yorkshire inventors' club to launch in the Spring.