About the Author
Andrew Beale OBE

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has awarded Andrew with an OBE for his "services to intellectual property and business".

Previously a Consultant to the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva), Andrew is an Associate Professor in Intellectual Property Law and the Director of IP Wales, an award winning £4m initiative aimed at providing SMEs with the knowledge and financial means to commercialise their intellectual assets.

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Intellectual Property (IP) is the area of law used by businesses to differentiate their products and services in the commercial marketplace via distinctive branding or endorsement; new inventions or creations; novel appearance or design. IP can be a critical asset for your business but one which is at risk of attack from cybercriminals if your business trades online, has a website or even just email.


IP crime is traditionally viewed as counterfeiting (false branding) and piracy (illegal copying) but cybercriminals are increasingly coming to recognise the value of confidential data held by your business, be it sensitive information about your business or customer information (such as credit card details). 

If you would like a hard copy of the issues discussed on this web site then download a free copy of our SME Guide to IP Cybersecurity by clicking here

This page acts as a repository for IP Wales content relating to online IP and cybersecurity. Linked below are Briefing Guides for the IP Service Community on emerging trends in Cyber-Risk oversight:-

  • Protecting Trade Secrets Using Employment Law

       (click here)

  • Cyber Defence

       (click here)

  • SMEs Outsourcing Cybersecurity Incident Response & Data Recovery Activities (click here)

  • Who is threatening SME Clients & Why?                                                                           (click here)   

  • SMEs Reporting IP Cybercrime                                                                                               (click here)    

  • SMEs Newsletter

       (click here)

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