Free Event for Start-Ups on Intellectual Property


Thursday, 23 Feb (08:00 – 10:00)

Northern Ireland Science Park, Queens Island,Belfast



Today’s competitive environment has made it increasingly difficult and important to stay ahead of the competition by adapting a coherent approach to Intellectual Property and the exploitation of the advantages IP can provide them with. In order to exploit this in the company’s favour, it is essential that the basics of IP is known and identified. The workshop will help to demystify any common concerns with IP and give a broad understanding of the topic.

The workshop will be led by Mark Earnshaw, Director of Patents, Murgitroyd & Co and Alan Wallace, Partner, FRKelly, experts in the field of IP including Patenting and copyright.


08.00AM – 8.30AM Registration
08.30AM – 09.30AM Programme
09.30AM – 10.00AM Q&A

Contact: Roisin Clancy, Progamme Manager, NISP CONNECT, Northern Ireland Science Park

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9073 7809, Email:

Note:Breakfast will be provided for participants


Who should attend?

Entrepreneur workshops are a series of professional development programmes, scheduled throughout the year. Attendees are generally founders, CEOs and managers involved in strategic business growth or scientists or technology experts considering a business start-up.

About the Speakers

Mark Earnshaw

Mark is a UK, Irish and European Patent and Trade Mark attorney based in Belfast. He has twenty years experience in all aspects of Intellectual Property, and has worked with many local individuals and SMEs, as well as universities and multi-international companies. Well known local clients include The Queen’s University of Belfast and Wrightbus.

As well as filing and prosecuting UK and overseas patent applications, Mark also advises clients on the commercial use of their Intellectual Property, and IP portfolio licensing and management.

Alan Wallace

Alan is a European Patent Attorney, and Community Trade Mark Attorney. He joined FRKelly in 1995 and became a partner in 2006. Based in Belfast, he handles a wide range of patent, design, copyright, trade mark and licensing matters for local and international clients.

About NISP’s Frameworks Entrepreneur Workshops

NISP offers ongoing educational opportunities for entrepreneurs building and growing innovative hitech, biotech or cleantech companies and offers member companies the opportunity to provide expert content to a responsive, interactive audience.

Many of today’s business founders and future entrepreneurs have scientific and technical backgrounds but have had limited experience in industry, so they often lack exposure to critical information which is essential to leading a start-up. To fill this gap, NISP offers Frameworks Entrepreneur Workshops to provide these bright leaders with the vocabulary, foundations and framework around which they can build awareness of the many disciplines they will oversee as “C” level managers”


NISP CONNECT is an independent, non-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship by accelerating the growth of promising technologies and early stage companies. Our core purpose is to connect people, technology and capital to drive innovation and create wealth through building high value IP based companies in Northern Ireland. We want to help to establish a thriving entrepreneurial eco-system where innovation, vision and talent flourish.
A collaboration between Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP), the University of Ulster and Queens University, Belfast, NISP CONNECT acts as an ‘honest, neutral broker’ within the region through provision of direct delivery programmes, mentorship/coaching services, educational seminars and events geared at developing and encouraging entrepreneurial ideas, talent and leadership.