BS 8538 Specification for the provision of services relating to the commercialization of intellectual property rights

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BS 8538:2011

Specification for the provision of services relating to the commercialization of intellectual property rights

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : February 2011



What is BS 8538:2011?

BS 8538 provides best-practice recommendations for the services that relate to the commercialisation of intellectual property rights. This includes copyright, trademarks and patenting, and is the first of its kind to set out principles of ethical behaviour for organizations providing services to investors. These organizations include the Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO), Business Link, commercial services providers, universities specialising in invention and product design, and inventors’ clubs. BS 8538 also helps investors to understand what to expect from a provider when they’re in the process of commercialising an idea.

How does it work?

BS 8538 looks at the principles for ethical behaviour and defines integrity and competence. It explains how to ensure transparency of services, charges and other payments or receipts. The standard also focuses on confidentiality and the disclosure of information, as well as the declaration of interests and conflict. Other topics include complaints handling and Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Who should buy it?

  • Investors
  • Inventors’ clubs
  • Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO)
  • Business Link
  • Commercial service providers
  • Universities specialising in invention and product design

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Standard NumberBS 8538:2011
TitleSpecification for the provision of services relating to the commercialization of intellectual property rights
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date28 February 2011
Confirm Date01 June 2016
Cross ReferencesBS 7000-10, BS ISO 10002, Fraud Act 2006, Patents Act 1977, Patents Act 2004, Legal Services Act 2007, Data Protection Act 1998, Trade Descriptions Act 1968, Trade Marks Act 1994, Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, Registered Designs Act 1949, Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006
Draft Superseded By10/30214063 DC
DescriptorsCopyright, Trade marks, Patents, Patenting, Intellectual property law, Product design, Design, Organizations, Enterprises, Management, Commercial, Consumer-supplier relations, Contracts, Security
ISBN978 0 580 70010 1
File Size3.256 MB

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