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bizhelp24 - UK on-line business resource for individuals and small businesses

Board game inventors guide - practical hints and tips for board game inventors/developers

BrainBoost - Internet search engine - answering questions in plain English

British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) - organisation for UK based women business owners

British Franchise Association - information on franchising

British Standards online - the authoritative site for all BSI publications

British Venture Capital Association - private equity and venture capital for entrepreneurs

BTG - commercialising new technologies through investing and licensing

Business Link - Business Link provides you with information and guidance on everything you need to know about the new product development proccess.

Caparo Innovation Centre - Wolverhampton University team helping inventors get ideas to market, with no cash charge

Cheshire Innovation - practical advice by/for inventors

Community Research & Development Information Service (CORDIS) - European Commission's information service on European Research and Innovation activities

Companies House - online database of all registered UK company names

CREAX - systematic innovation methodology

Data Protection Register - UK agency for registering to keep personal data

Delphion - patent search engine (free registration required)

Design Council - inspiring and enabling the best use of design by the UK

Dragons Den (BBC) - television program matching inventors/entrepreneurs with investors

DTI's Innovation Report - showing how innovation is a driving force

Early-stage advice - support service for UK inventors (Adobe PDF reader required)

Easyform - online source for legal document templates and information for business

Ecademy.com - online and physical network for entrepreneurs

EICTA - European Information, Communications and Consumer Electronics Technology Industry Associations

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - UK agency funding research in engineering and the physical sciences

Engineering Council UK - promoting and regulating UK engineering professions (formerly the Council of Engineering Institutions)

Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) - enterprise investment for small to medium sized companies

Equity Link - UK Business Angel Network bringing together Investors and Companies looking for investment

Eureka Club - supporting inventors promote their inventions globally

EUREKA - European research initiative for industry and research institutions in the area of technological R&D

European Business & Innovation Center Network - support network for entrepreneurs and innovative SMEs

European Patent Office - Europe's network of patent databases

European Patent Register - online checking for the status of European patents and applications

Exonms.com - consultancy specialising in helping obtain government grants

First Index - online suppliers' directory and sourcing tool

First Steps for Inventors - essential steps in getting established (from Inventors Alliance of Canada)

Foresight - UK science-based futures expertise identifying potential opportunities from science & technology

gencon - help using cutting edge communication technology, finding partners & funding

Global Ideas Bank - Global suggestion box for socially innovative non-technological ideas and projects

Global Sources - online supplier directory and search engine

Global Watch on-line - DTI's International technology service web-site

Global Womens Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) - promoting women inventors

GoogleAlert - free service that runs custom searches and emails you when new results appear

Grantnet - free-to-use computerised UK grants database

Hampshire Economic Partnership - promotion and exploitation of Innovation & Enterprise activities supporting economic growth in Hampshire

Ideas 21 - online resource for inventors and innovators

if++ - online innovation forum

i-Focus - help pages for inventors and entrepreneurs (Channel 4 site)

infocus - specialist legal intellectual property and e-business service (Hampshire based)

Inkopo - specialists in early-stage, technology-based, enterprise development (Yorkshire based)

Innova Design - specialist prototype and small batch machining service (Hampshire based)

Innovate Product Design - engineering product design service for inventors (London based)

Innovation Clinics - free clinics for innovators and inventors provided by Business Link Wessex (Hampshire/Dorset)

Innovation.gov.uk - promoting innovation throughout the UK economy

Innovation log book - your record of Intellectual Property

Innovation Pipeline Club - virtual forum/club for innovators

Innovation Plus - technology inventions service (Oxfordshire based)

Innovator's Counselling and Advisory Service for Scotland (ICASS) - advice and support for inventors in Scotland

Innovention 2004 - innovation exhibition and competition for Wessex inventors

Institute of International Licensing Practitioners - Association commercialising invention through technology transfer and licensing

Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys - register of UK trade mark attorneys

Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) - organisation for electronics, electrical, manufacturing and IT professionals

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - the UK's qualifying body for Mechanical Engineers

Intech - Hampshire's hands-on interactive science and technology centre

Intellectual Property Advisory Committee - body advising UK Government on intellectual property issues

Intellectual Property Digital Library - WIPO on-line intellectual property library

IntellectualProperty.gov.uk - UK resource for Copyright, Designs, Patents and Trade Marks

Intellectual Property Insurance Services - intellectual property insurance cover for inventors, designers and creators

International Federation of Inventors Associations - enhancing the status of inventors and co-operation between inventor associations

Internet search info and directory - directory of Internet search engines and usage tips

Invention-Europe.com - European site and directory for inventors

InventionFind.com - US site and directory for inventors

Invention-Marketing.co.uk - marketing services for technology inventions

Invention Promotion Companies - cautionary guide to using Invention Promoters

Inventions & Innovation site (US Dept of Energy) - downloadable guides for inventors, including 'From Invention to Innovation' and 'Making the Licensing Decision'

InventNet - US inventors network

InventorEd - comprehensive online inventor resource and discussion forum (US site)

Inventorfraud.com - help selecting appropriate/ avoiding inappropriate invention agencies

Inventors Academy - Southampton Institute's Academy for Inventors

Inventors clubs - UK Regional Clubs and International Associations for Inventors

Inventors Digest - US magazine and website for inventors

Inventors Directory - US inventors directory

Inventors Friend - service for UK inventors

Inventors Handbook (Lemelson - MIT) - essential online guide for inventors (US)

Inventors Handbook (NESTA) - essential online guide for inventors (UK)

Inventors HQ - free online information and mentoring service for inventors (US site)

Inventors-L - active online discussion forum for inventors (US site)

Invest.uk - UK government inward investment agency

IP Consult - Intellectual Property specialist services (Buckinghamshire Based)

IPR Helpdesk - assisting with IPR issues for EU funded R&D projects

IPR Talk - discussion forum for Intellectual Property Rights

j4b.co.uk - comprehensive database for finding UK grants and loans

Japan Patent Office - English site for the Japan Patent Office

Knowledge Dock - Internet based support for technology entrepreneurs

KnowThis - directory of Market Research reports and online databases

Lawdit Solicitors - UK commercial & Intellectual Property legal services provider

Macrothesaurus - directory of global inventors resources

Manufacturing Advisory Service - helping UK manufacturers with support and expertise

Mayall's IP Links - Intellectual Property links

Medical Research Council (MRC) - UK agency promoting research into medical and related science

National Business Angels Network - bringing together investors and companies looking for development capital

National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) - investing in outstanding ideas and the people who have them

National Federation of Enterprise Agencies - Enterprise Agency support for UK start-ups, micro businesses and the self-employed

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) - promoting research into the natural environment

New Scientist - science and technology website, links and archive

Next Step - for TRIZ / Innovation services

Own It - the Creative London Intellectual Property Service. Free advice, events and information for London's creative people on: Copyright, Design Rights, Patents, Trademarks, Branding, Confidentiality Agreements, Licensing, Royalties, Contracts. Free to access.

Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) - UK agency funding particle physics and astronomy research

Patent disputes - an example of a US patent dispute, look at this if you think you might be up to filing your own patent! (Adobe PDF reader required)

Patent FAQ - practical answers to many patent related questions (US site)

Patent-Links.com - links to intellectual property, patent and trademark sites around the world

PatentMax - online global patent search service

Patent Reform Group - UK and European patent holders representative group

Patents and Prototypes - patent, prototype & market research services for UK inventors

Patent tutorial - online US patent guide & patent search tutorial

PlanetPatent - US patent search service

Presentations guide - free guide to making a compelling business case of your invention (from 'Ask the Inventors')

Protecting your ideas - Business Link factsheets for inventors

Real Deal - hints and tips for entrepreneurs starting in business (Channel 4 site)

Royal Academy of Engineering - bringing together UK engineers from all disciplines

Royal Institution - home of UK science research and communication for over 200 years

SciDev Net - global news, views and information about science, technology & the developing world

Science Media Centre - press office for science, promoting the scientific community to the news media

Scirus - the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet

SETsquared - supporting knowledge-based entrepreneurs in Southern England

Small Business Service - UK government support for small businesses

Smartwise - commercial promotion for SMART award holders

Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions - organisation for eco-friendly inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs

Solent Investment Opportunity Network (SION) - business angel network covering Hampshire and West Sussex

South East Growth Fund (SEGF) - Venture Capital fund investing in SMEs in South East England

South East Hampshire Enterprise Agencies - advice and support for businesses in South East Hampshire

South East Innovation Relay Centre - helping SMEs turn technical ideas into products and services

South West Hampshire Enterprise Agencies - advice and support for businesses in South West Hampshire

Start Centres - fully supported business accommodation linked to St John's Innovation Centre

Sycamore Innovation Management - service for UK inventors/innovators (Hampshire based)

Technical Innovation Center (www.triz.org) - information on TRIZ and publisher of TRIZ books

Technology Ventures Scotland - commercialisation of Scottish science and technology

Tech TV - online info and video clips of interest to inventors and technology enthusiasts

Thames Valley Technology - meeting the demands of technology companies in the Thames Valley

The Entrepreneur Network - comprehensive information source for inventors and entrepreneurs (US site)

The Key - UK Intellectual Property information - trademarks, patents, registered designs and copyright

The Royal Society - independent UK scientific academy promoting excellence in science

The Trevor Baylis Foundation - helping inventors find a route to market

TJD Patent Services - Patent advice, drafting, prosecution and IP strategy advice

Totally absurd patents - an amusing selection of some of the daftest patents ever filed

Trade Partners - UK Government resource for exporters

TRIZ Journal - online free monthly journal & archive for TRIZ methods of creativity & innovation

UK Business Incubation - providing information on UK business incubation

UK Patent Office - UK Intellectual Property (Copyright, Designs, Patents and Trade Marks)

US Patent Office - US Patent and Trademark Office

US patent search guide - free guide to online US patent searching (from 'Ask the Inventors')

Wales Innovators Network - support service for individual innovators and inventors

Wessex Innovation Service - support service for innovators and inventors (Hampshire based)

Why Not open source movement - how to use everyday ingenuity to solve problems big and small

Wired Wessex - online network for new media and technology professionals

Working Model - prototyping service for inventors

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) - harmonising national intellectual property legislation and procedures

Yet2.com - online database to find or market a technology

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