My Story: 2008

A year of fun and games as the credit crunch hits. Anywayup LLP is ok but eventually we feel the knock on effects as other companies go down. An excellent potential partner is badly hit and has to step down, which is a big set back and delays our plans. On the up side, Anywayup LLP issues its first two licenses. One is to a significant UK company and the other is to a global Nadia with Jacobplayer in the souvenir cup market. We are in business - Yippee!

The highlight of the year:- Our daughter Nadia gives birth to our first grandchild, Jacob – he’s absolutely gorgeous! 

My speaking engagements during the year include:

  • City University – as part of its Professional Skills Programme.
  • The All Party Group on Entrepreneurship (APPGE) in the House of Commons The title for the breakfast was Bridging the Innovation Gap – making today’s idea, tomorrow's enterprise.   The APPGE is a group within Parliament which is made up of Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs (House of Commons) and Peers (House of Lords). The APPGE has been set up to encourage, support and promote entrepreneurship and to engage with entrepreneurs; to ensure that Parliament is kept up to date on what is needed to create and sustain the most favourable conditions for entrepreneurship.
  • The IPR Round table workshop Roundtable on “The Impact of Counterfeiting and Piracy on SMEs: Challenges and Best Practices”  to advise US-EU policy makers.
  • Speaking with Sebastian Conran at the British Library's ‘Making it by Design’ event.
  • Participating in an entrepreneurship policy discussion at Conservative Central Office.
  • As part of Enterprise Week hosted by British Library, I am invited to speak as a case study, to relate my experiences of trading abroad, at seminar entitled: “UK Trade and Investment/GLE oneLondon: Looking to go international?”
  • As part of National Women's Enterprise Day, I speak at a women in enterprise event at the London College of Fashion.

Fortunately, I find  time to attend some terrific events too including:

  • The British Female Inventors & Innovators Network Expo, Conference & Awards 2008,  incorporating The European Union Women Inventors & Innovators Network Symposium. Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff, Wales.
  • A House of Commons Women’s Enterprise Taskforce reception.
  • The IBIL Seminar on patent enforcement. The event focussed on patents and was entitled ‘Patent Enforcement - Problems and Possibilities’. High profile speakers include: Professor Sir Hugh Laddie QC, Director, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL, The Honorable Judge Randall R Rader,  Court of Appeal of the Federal Circuit, Washington DC, USA, Professor Jan Brinkhof, Former senior judge, Court of Appeal, Netherlands; Professor of IP, Utrecht University and the Hon. Mr. Justice Kitchin, High Court of England and Wales.

During the year I participarte in several media interviews for the British Library Business and IP Centre.

I am featured in the Daily Telegraph (LONDON) in an article on female inventors.

In addition, my story is published in ‘Inventing for Dummies’ Chapter 25 entitled ‘10 Inventors to Emulate’  published by Jackson Robinson and Bird and also in the Maverick slot in Business Sense (RBS mag distributed to all their high net business customers) Summer edition.

My article ‘Riding the American Rocket’ is published in IP Supplement World Extra 2008 by Informa Law,

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