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The Big Bang Science Fair 2017

7 March | Posted in Unassigned

The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of STEM subjects in the UK. It is an exciting environment in which school children across the UK can learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths...

World Book Day 2017

1 March | Posted in News

World Book Day is an annual celebration that inspires children to discover the joys of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.    Intellectual...

IP & the Brit Awards 2017

22 February | Posted in News

It’s been a CRACKING forty years since the first Brit Awards took place and tonight we welcome the return of the biggest celebration of musical talent that the UK has to offer. As we watch our f...

IP & Valentine's Day

14 February | Posted in News

It’s that time of year again when couples around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging romantic goodies including gifts, flowers, cards and chocolates, and every year I spend w...

We are at the Bett Show 2017!

25 January | Posted in Events

  Intellectual Property (IP) is at the core of every innovative and creative business. Many young innovators and creators will leave school or university to take up careers in industries that r...

Event: Bett Show 2017

10 January | Posted in Events

Event: Bett Show 2017 Date: Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th January 2017   Time: 10am – 6pm (Wed – Fri) 10am – 4pm (Sat)   Venue: ExCel, London   Desc...

Bedwas High School wins visit from Morph Animators

19 December | Posted in News

Students at Bedwas High School were treated to a Morph model making workshop yesterday after winning a nation-wide government competition.   The competition, set up by the UK Intellectual Prope...

Review of the Year 2016

19 December | Posted in News

Welcome to the IPO Campaigns and Education team’s end of year review.     As we close the final chapter on what has been an astonishing year it’s time to look back and share wi...

Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch wins visit from Wallace & Gromit Animators

25 November | Posted in Unassigned

Students at Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch were treated to a Wallace & Gromit model making workshop yesterday after winning a nation-wide Government competition.    The competition, set up by...

Cambridge school wins visit from Shaun the Sheep Animators

9 November | Posted in News

Wednesday 9 November (Cambridge): Children at The Spinney Primary School were treated to a Shaun the Sheep model making workshop this week after winning a nation-wide Government competition.   ...

Intellectual Property & Wales

29 July | Posted in News

Each year in August, Welsh culture is celebrated with the National Eisteddfod; a historic travelling commemoration alternating between North and South Wales and attracting around 240,000 visitors annu...

Intellectual Property & Film

29 June | Posted in News

This year to celebrate the world-famous Aardman Animations studios incredible 40th anniversary we have launched an exciting new competition.   This year’s competition has a strong focus o...

Intellectual Property Education Map

7 June | Posted in News

Educating our young innovators and creators about Intellectual Property is essential if, as a country, we are to value and respect the creative industries.   Education plays an important role i...

Big Bang Fair 2016

14 March | Posted in News

Innovation, creativity, inventions; The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK and is the exact environment in which the Crac...

IP & the Brit Awards 2016

24 February | Posted in News

The first ever BPI/Brit awards took place in 1977 as part of the Queen’s silver jubilee celebrations and 100 years since the first sound recording. The 24th of February 2016 will welcome the 36t...

Safer Internet Day 2016

9 February | Posted in News

This February 9th we celebrate Safer Internet Day; Where partners, parents and schools will each have their say; In promoting the safety of children online; And of course in preventing any internet...

Event: Bett Show 2016

8 January | Posted in Events

Date: Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd January 2016    Time: Wed 20 Jan 10:00 - 18:00 Thu 21 Jan 10:00 - 18:00 Fri 22 Jan 10:00 - 18:00 Sat 23 Jan 10:00 - 16:00   Venue: ...

Educate about Intellectual Property with Vin Diesel’s Socks

8 January | Posted in News

‘What are the consequences of distributing and uploading films illegally,’ ‘Should things that are online be free?’, and ‘Should you do things just because they are techn...

IP & the Fashion Industry

4 January | Posted in News

I love shopping for clothes and it seems I’m not the only one; the fashion industry in the UK generates more than £21billion in revenue each year. It has huge economic and social importanc...

Review of the Year 2015

16 December | Posted in News

From herding Shaun the Sheep and friends back to the farm, to Music Inc topping the charts with over 1 million number 1 hits. 2015 was another record breaking year for IPO Campaigns & Education te...

Flying Drafter Thank You

16 December | Posted in News

Dear Organisers   FLYING DRAFTER THANK YOU   I am writing to say a massive thank you to you for the amazing experiences that I have enjoyed since winning the Shaun Out of the City compet...

The 12 Days of IP

16 December | Posted in News

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME AN INVENTION THAT FILLED ME WITH GLEE  This ‘Cracking Party Cracker’ patent was granted in Britain back in 2010. The intention ...

New Resources to Help Primary Students Learn About Intellectual Property Launched

8 December | Posted in News

“The resources support teachers in understanding IP, as well as a whole host of other behind the scenes information.”  Vera Jajechnyk, Headteacher   Intellectual property suppo...

UK IPO helps schools to realise the value of Intellectual Property

2 November | Posted in News

A new website has been launched today (2 November 2015) giving schools and colleges free access to teaching resources to help students learn about intellectual property (IP).   Developed by the...

Halloween & Intellectual Property

30 October | Posted in News

There are some spooky goings on at Cracking Ideas HQ, and Halloween has brought out some particularly ghoulish intellectual property (IP) stories. From the sweets in our trick and treat bag, the magic...

Get the most out of Crackingideas.com

26 October | Posted in News

Welcome to our new education site – the single hub for IP education materials from the UK Intellectual Property Office. We’ve brought all our previous sites into one place, so it’s e...

‘Shaun’s Cracking Ideas Challenge’ Winner meets his cracking contraption!

29 September | Posted in News

A pupil from Andoversford Primary School in Cheltenham has won a national design programme to create a “cracking contraption” to transport Shaun the Sheep back home from the big city. ...

Event: Education Show

15 September | Posted in Events

Date: Thursday 17th - Saturday 19th March 2016  Time: 9am - 5pm  Venue: NEC, Birmingham  Description: Can you use an image from the web in your assignment? How important ...

Event: IntoFilm Festival

4 September | Posted in Events

Event: IntoFilm Festival 2015 Date: 4th – 20th November 2015 Venue: Various locations throughout the UK The Into Film Festival puts film at the heart of children and young people&...

Event: Big Bang Fair - UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair

4 September | Posted in Events

Event: Big Bang Fair 2016Date: Wednesday 16th – Saturday 19th March 2016 Time: 9am – 4pm (Wed – Fri) 10am – 4pm (Sat) Venue: NEC, Birmingham Description: Intelle...

Event: WJEC Innovations Awards

2 September | Posted in Events

Date: Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th October 2015  Venue: SWALEC Cricket Ground, Sophia Gardens  Description: The Innovation Awards is a competition and interactive showcase and for the most...