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Intellectual Property Rights & the Naval Architect Seminar 2016

22 June 2016, RINA HQ, London, UK 

One-Day Seminar

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are an increasingly important part of a company’s value. As developed countries move to knowledge based economies, protection of IPR becomes both more difficult and more important for designer, particularly in a more competetive market.  In a global marketplace, international protection of IPR is complex and generally not well understood in sectors of the maritime industry.

The one-day Seminar on IPR and the Naval Architect will provide designers, and others involved in the marine industry, with an understanding of IPR law and the extent to which it protects inventions and designs.  The seminar will consist of a number of sessions in which presentations on various aspects of IPR will be given by experts and practictioners, followed by discussion:

Session 1: Patents, copyrights and other forms of IPR protection. 
•    What are they?  - What protection do they offer the designer or builder? 

Session 2: Scope of protection in a global industry
•    Respect for IPR in other countries around the world - uncontrolled copying - differing views on prior invention - can a small company protect its IPR against predators, or is might right?

Session  3: Using IPR. 
•    Protecting a new twist on an old idea - ‘spirit of tradition’ designs - how far need an old mould be modified to become a new design?  - how far can existing IPR cover a further development?  

Session 4:  Panel discussion 


Programme and Registration


Registration Fee

RINA members £110 + VAT

Non-members £130 + VAT

Please click here to download the IPR Seminar registration form.  

Payment must be made in pounds sterling by Eurocheque, cheque drawn on a bank with a UK branch address, credit card (VISA/AMEX/Mastercard) or bank transfer. Please note RINA requires payment before the seminar date. 

Please note that cancellations received within 48 hours of the event or in the case of non attendance will not be refunded. Delegates may be substituted; however, this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the Conference Organiser. It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to alter the content and timing of the programme. In the unlikely event that RINA cancels the event for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.

You can also contact the conference department directly on Tel +44 (0) 20 72354622 or email 

Registration fees include lunch and refreshments.

Club Quarters

Conference delegates may take advantage of the Institution’s membership of Club Quarters to stay at its Trafalgar Square Hotel, situated at 8 Northumberland Avenue ­ less than one minute’s walk from RINA Headquarters.

The Institution’s membership provides a fixed lowest rate of £159 per room which is always available to conference delegates, regardless of the varying higher rates throughout the year for non members.  An even lower rate is available only for conference delegates at weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun) and holidays (£69). 

Other benefits include access to the Club Living Room with complimentary refreshments, WiFi and unlimited chilled, purified bottled water, and a Rewards Programme offering a “Night on the House” after just one stay.


Conference delegates may find details of the facilities offered by Club Quarters Trafalgar Square or book online at  using the login “RINA” (without the quotes) on their first visit and selecting Trafalgar Square from the choice of hotels.

Conference delegates who wish to take advantage of the lower rate at weekends, which is not shown online, should contact ClubQuarters at +44 (0)20 7451 5800

Delegates of past conferences who may be visiting London on business or pleasure may continue to use the Institution’s membership of ClubQuarters and enjoy the benefits.



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