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News and Events 2019

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Dr. Nikos Minas presents at the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference

We were delighted to have Dr Nikos Minas presenting at the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference. Nikos talked about the Role of Intellectual Property in an Open Innovation Ecosystem, which is becoming the “go to” strategy for developing innovative products and services. Nikos also chaired the session on business technology. Over 9,000 people attended the Conference which was held  in Citywest on January 17th 2019.


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Applying Creativity and Logic to solve the Trade Mark challenge!

When?     03rd October 2019

Where?    Innovation Factory, Forthriver Buisness Park, 385 Springfield Road,

                BELFAST, BT12 7DG


Join us for a unique session that brings together two very different personalities who, through their shared experiences, bring a different perspective on how the design and legal process together can deliver on the trade mark challenge.


In the commercial world we live in protecting your intellectual property is essential.


Whether it's working with an existing brand, realising a business concept or the naming and presentation of a new product taking the right steps to 'own' the signs which distinguish the brand, i.e. your trade marks, could play a key part in protecting the future growth of your business.


Whilst this may seem to be obvious advice, it is surprising how many organisations haven't adequately protected the brands they trade under, which are essential to the success of their business, leaving them vulnerable to the threat of trade mark infringement.


Together, Brand Specialist Alan Davison and Trade Mark Attorney Cherrie Stewart provide two differing, but equally invaluable, views of the process and the challenges that may be faced when branding or re-branding and experienced insights into how, using both creativity and logic, you can be successful in securing your brand.


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In Memoriam:

Our founder - Robert Bruce Spence Robertson

We are saddened to announce the death of the esteemed founder of Ansons, Robert Bruce Spence Robertson, known to all as Bruce.  


Having worked in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) since the mid-sixties in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Bruce realised a long-held dream and founded his own company, Ansons, in 1986.  For many years the sole IP attorney in Northern Ireland, Bruce was involved in the protection of some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic trade marks and was on the frontline of innovation filing patent applications for numerous new inventions and improvements.  He was instrumental in setting up the Business Innovation Link programme in the 1990’s, an Invest NI initiative which provided funding for the protection of IP.  A good proportion of the patent and trade mark attorneys working in Northern Ireland today worked with Bruce in Ansons, benefitting from his experience and encyclopaedic knowledge.


MacLachlan & Donaldson took over Ansons in 2002 but Bruce remained to manage, what is now, the Belfast office until his retirement in 2009. The influence Bruce had in Ansons and in the field of IP, in Northern Ireland and at large, will endure.  


Our deepest sympathy go to his wife Marion, children John and Jane, daughter-in-law Kristine and grandchildren Thomas and Beth.  

                                                            23rd September 2019