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The Government has called upon small businesses to do more to protect and exploit their innovations, but where should a small business like yours start? A recent Intellectual Property Awareness Survey of Business, carried out by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), has found that only 15% of small companies have ever sought advice on safeguarding their ideas and only 11% of firms assign responsibility for managing intellectual property (IP) rights. When you compare this to 43% in larger companies, small businesses are trailing far behind; potentially missing out on valuable income from their creativity and running the risk of someone