Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

13th September, 2017

Currently there is no single European Patent (EP), the current format for a European Patent being a “bundle” of rights which must be validated in each country. These rights must also be litigated separately in the national courts of each country. The Unitary Patent will provide an opportunity to have a single patent which will […]

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Encouraging Innovation: Government Schemes

13th September, 2017

The British Government has introduced a variety of schemes in order to encourage and enable innovation. Some of these schemes are specific to SMEs, whilst others are applicable to companies both large and small. This article contains a brief overview of some of these schemes. Patent Box The Patent Box scheme was introduced in April […]

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Intellectual Property Audits

13th September, 2017

Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the most frequently undervalued aspects of any business, and as such it is one of the key areas in which weaknesses can develop. More often than not, key aspects of IP are overlooked which can leave a business exposed. There are many factors that need to be considered when […]

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Reading a Patent Specification

26th October, 2011

I spent some time this morning advising on a patent and what it prevented competitors from doing. It was a great long affair drafted in the USA, and it was not necessary to read much of it, because patent specifications all follow a standard format.  The most important part is the set of “Claims” at […]

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Protecting Your Designs: Keeping the Plagiarist Parasites at Bay, an Education

11th October, 2011

Plagiarists are the parasites of the design and creative worlds; their copying, theft and ripping off of original designs can mean the difference between a commercially successful designer, and one who wallows in the workshop over opportunities missed.  But we cannot place the blame solely at their plagiarist’s door.  As designers we must accept a […]

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