I have just started a new LinkedIn group called "ERGC/NWIP". "EDGC" is short for "Eiddo Deallusol Gogledd Cymru" which means "North Wales Intellectual Property". I shall not insult readers' intelligence by telling them what the letters "NWIP" stand for. This new LinkedIn group is intended to be a forum and resource for everyone who is interested in innovation and creativity in North Wales in any capacity.
Both the name of the group and its logo are provisional. I am no graphic designer or branding expert. If anybody has a better idea for a name or logo I am open to suggestions. I took the photo of the countryside near Caernarfon from the castle battlements under a lowering sky on a typical August day.
The idea of a LinkedIn group is not mine but Sean Thomas's. Sean is a patent attorney and inventor who was born and brought up on Anglesey and holds a degree from Bangor University. He suggested the group at a seminar at the Menai Science Park which I chaired on 20 Sept 2019 (see Building an Enterprise Ecosystem on Anglesey 25 Sept 2019).
I was prompted to set up this group by an enquiry about trade marks from a company that already knew a lot about intellectual property, It had previously instructed a patent attorney who used to practise in North Wales but has now retired to Scotland. I also saw a report in the North Wales Chronicle about an project that combines artificial intelligence with drone technology that reminded me of the Welsh aviation pioneer William Frost who filed his own patent for a flying machine that he had invented in 1894 (see In William Frost's Footsteps 15 May 2021 LinkedIn and Patent Design and Trade Mark Filings in Wales 28 Nov 2019).
The thought that crossed my mind was whether Frost would be able to access specialist IP advice if he were alive now. He lived at Saundersfoot which is over 90 miles from Cardiff and Newport where most of the expertise in Wales on IP is concentrated. Not a lot has changed in that regard since 1894.
A LinkedIn group could help. It is a great place for making contact with folk with skills and connections that you need. It is also a great place for gathering resources. Every time I publish an article, deliver a presentation or even see an article that could be of value to knowledge-based businesses in North Wales I shall mention it to the group and encourage others to do the same. At present most of those articles will be in English because I started learning Welsh from an online course only last summer. I shall try to contribute in Welsh as well as English as I master that language.
Anyone seeking more information about the group can visit it at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9060289/, I shall gladly answer enquiries through LinkedIn or by phone on 020 7404 5252 during normal office hours.