Patents OfficeMinister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, has urged businesses to avail of the opportunity to attend a Government sponsored free seminar, ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’, to be held in The Parade Tower, Patrick's St, Kilkenny City on Thursday 5th May 2011.  The seminar, organised by the Patents Office, is for small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and startup companies in Kilkenny and surrounding counties. 

Speakers include experts from the public and private sectors and local entrepreneurs.

Minister Sherlock said: ‘This seminar presents a great learning opportunity for small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and startup companies who want to scale their businesses or turn their ideas into functioning enterprises.’

‘It is not generally known that over 80% of new inventions are derived from previous inventions, so during the seminar information will be provided as to where details of previous inventions can be sourced.

‘The seminar will outline all the government supports available from incubation to commercialisation.

‘It will examine how to convert an idea into a business opportunity, due diligence in setting up a business, an insight into what are patents, trade marks and industrial designs and how they should be managed.‘

‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and now more than ever they need every support they can to start and grow’, Minister Sherlock concluded

Admission to the seminars is free but pre-registration with the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board is required.

There will be an opportunity to meet and talk to the speakers throughout the day and after the seminar from 4pm to 4.30pm.

You can register for the Kilkenny seminar online at or phone Kilkenny County Enterprise Board on 056-7752662.


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