Well as I was making furniture I had lots of off cuts bits of wood that I couldn’t throw away and I wanted to find some way of using them. So I had it in my mind some idea to try and use them to make bowls or something or rather and when I was in Denmark and I had some spare time I started playing around with bits of wood and ways of cutting them up and combining them and gradually they turned into these.
Having spent so much time and effort and I guess intellectual effort I thought it was worth protecting my investment if you like. Because I felt like I had put allot into marking them and that’s when I started thinking about what the process was for registration which at the time I wasn’t really sure what it was to be honest it took a bit of effort to find out.
The important thing to understand about the Intellectual Property is to try and understand the distinctions between Copyright and Design registration and Trade Marks because I think that’s the first point where you really need to start investigating of what you’re doing.
I think the main business advantage for me is that I feel confident that my work and my investment in the development of the bowls is protected so I can feel confident going out to market and selling them and approaching the people with the knowledge that I’ve got a unique product and hopefully it’s not something that other people are going to copy and pass off as their own.