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IPO comment and moderation guidelines

The official Dragons Den blog from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) encourages bloggers to have a lively debate and discussion of their work and ideas. However, by submitting a comment you agree to abide by the following rules.

The IPO reserves the right not to publish any comments that contravene any of these rules.


Anonymous comments are not allowed. All comments must include a name and a valid email address.

Conduct and use of language

Comments should be relevant to the blog post. All off-topics, abusive or defamatory comments will not be accepted. Comments should not attack an individual’s personality or character.

Spamming and advertising

No advertising or promotion is allowed except when an event, service or product has direct relevance to the topic of discussion.

Legal liability

You are responsible for your comments. By submitting a comment you undertake to indemnify IPO against any liability arising from breach of confidentiality or copyright, or any obscene, defamatory, seditious, blasphemous or other actionable statement you may make.

Site terms of use modifications

The IPO may revise these terms of use for its website at any time without notice. By using this website you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these terms and conditions of use.

Comments on IPO blogs are pre-moderated: that means they are approved by us before they are publicly viewable.

We will endeavour to publish comments that meet the above guidelines as soon as possible. However, there may be some delay in publishing comments made after working hours, over the weekend or during public holidays.

Depending on the work commitments of staff, it may not always be possible for them to reply to individual questions or comments.