That is as much as any one woman can manage and we have reluctantly had to turn down requests to extend that network until now. However, from 1 October NIPC clinics will go nationwide. Inventors or business people can fill in a form online or call one number which will enable us to identify the problem and identify who is best suited to help resolve it. We will then arrange for the client to meet a local professional well suited to assist him who may be a barrister, solicitor, patent attorney, trade mark attorney or a member of some other profession. The professional will give the client up to 30 minutes of his or her time absolutely free.
All the professionals in Yorkshire and the North-West who have participated in our programme have picked up work through the clinic. We are therefore about to recruit solicitors, patent and trade mark attorneys, accountants, business and other advisors throughout the country to assist us.