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Chamber announces International Headline Sponsor

Emma Johnson and Karen Webb

A leading patent and trademark firm have been announced as headline sponsor for the Black Country International programme.

Birmingham based, Intellectual Property (IP) firm, Forresters, is supporting the programme, run by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, which provides businesses with the essential services and training they need to operate successfully abroad.

Forresters has been part of the Midlands business community since 1884 and during that time has provided support for thousands of companies looking to protect their ideas and designs by possessing the correct rights for patents, trademarks, designs and copyright.  Despite celebrating their 135th year the Birmingham-based IP firm is run by a young and dynamic partnership with a modern and flexible approach.

Among the partners at Forresters is Emma Johnson, who grew up in Wolverhampton and knows how vital it is for companies in the region to have the correct IP rights, especially when it comes to exporting goods.

She said, “Forresters has strong ties to the Black Country, we appreciate the history and aspirations of the thousands of innovative businesses in the region, and are excited about lending our support, as they seek to grow and move into new overseas markets – particularly around intellectual property rights. Possessing the correct rights for patents, trademarks, designs and copyright provides a competitive advantage and a reward for creativity.

“Effectively exploiting those rights gives you a head start on your competitors in reaching customers as you enter new markets, which can convince investors that your product or service is a good investment. Our UK chartered and European patent and trademark attorneys have a wealth of experience of the laws and regulations which apply in each country and we have developed a strong network of foreign associates.

“This means we are well placed to advise and protect businesses expanding into new markets, as well as answer your questions and help you avoid common pitfalls. We are your local ‘one stop shop’ for all of your intellectual property requirements and queries, regardless of the countries you operate in. Forresters is proud to be headline sponsors of Black Country International and we look forward to working with you soon.”

Karen Webb, Director of Business Services at Black Country Chamber of Commerce said, “The Black Country has a strong heritage of making products which are exported around the world.  We’re delighted that Forresters is sponsoring Black Country International – a range of services carefully selected and designed to support regional business to trade across borders.

“With its expertise and knowledge of global markets and a comprehensive understanding of intellectual property and international patent processes, we know Forresters will bring robust knowledge and insights to this