Insights - Patents

Patents

16-04-2019

​Three alternative, innovative Easter egg ideas

Want to go above and beyond a cheap supermarket chocolate egg this Easter? Prepare to be inspired...

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Patents

05-04-2019

Dancing on a competitor’s grave — six considerations when buying patents from a dissolved company

There are key risks to consider before you look to acquire bargain patents from dissolved companies.

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Patents

07-03-2019

​Patentability of plants or animals — the Boards of Appeal of the EPO Boards of Appeal assert authority

A new EPO decision clarifies aspects of its position, but leaves many questions unanswered...

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Patents

28-02-2019

The fundamentals of battery development and patent protection

Here’s how battery tech innovators can protect and exploit their endeavours​​ in some creative ways.

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Patents

20-02-2019

How are innovations using graphene to drive us towards sustainable transport?

A must-read for the automotive industry ahead of the Graphene Automotive conference.

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Patents

05-02-2019

Size matters — patenting at the nanoscale

Can you gain protection for a nanomaterial despite the material itself having been disclosed before?

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Patents

04-02-2019

How smart is a smart fabric — does performance apparel deliver on the marketing hype?

Smart fabrics promise the wearer enhanced performance, but what's so special about these materials​?

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Patents

22-01-2019

Exciting innovations to improve gun fit for females

Shooting is seen as a man's territory — but not for long, thanks to these new innovations...

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Patents

14-12-2018

The fizzy drink revolution

Get your New Year's resolution off to a sparkling start — we explore a new, healthy fizzy drink...

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Patents

22-11-2018

Swiss-type second medical use patents, plausibility and infringement — is there a conclusion?

A recent Supreme Court judgement has important implications for pharmaceutical patents.

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Patents

19-11-2018

How to patent an infotainment system

Here's what you need to think about when patenting a vehicle's infotainment system.

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Patents

12-11-2018

Tea — a simple cuppa, or the elixir of youth?

It turns out that a decent cuppa can prevent disease and fight ageing... we break down the science.

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Patents

06-11-2018

The chemistry and materials of cars — time to reassess your patent strategy?

New, innovative players in automotive mean that it might be time to rethink your IP strategy.

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Patents

01-11-2018

The race towards a truly acceptable electric vehicle for the masses — keeping pace with the patent surge

A breakthrough in battery technology is needed for electric vehicles to be widely adopted.

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Patents

23-10-2018

A natural solution to shooting’s plastic problem

Shooting has a big plastic problem, but there may well be a natural solution...

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Patents

22-10-2018

Is our infrastructure ready for the future of transport?

Electric and autonomous vehicles will soon become mainstream, but is our infrastructure ready?

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Patents

16-10-2018

Trends in IP — what does the future hold for automotive manufacturers?

The automotive industry is transforming. Here's what we can glean about its future from IP trends.

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Patents

15-10-2018

Patent protection for climate-friendly alternatives to HFCs and HCFCs

We need to reduce global warming — and refrigerants can play a key role.

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Patents

10-10-2018

Road to Zero — the movement towards low-emission vehicles

How we can reduce carbon emissions from road transport in the UK?

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Patents

05-10-2018

A sparkling example of how patents can be used to provide industry insight

What's next for the synthetic diamond market after De Beers' entry?

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Patents

28-08-2018

Adding patents into the mixing bowl with GBBO

Ahead of GBBO 2018, we ask — can you protect your cakes and recipes with patents?

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Patents

24-07-2018

A vision of the future — new uses of known materials

Find out why you should keep an open mind when working with materials.

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Patents

19-07-2018

Seven inventions that revolutionised cycling

From 'bone shakers' to sleek hill climbers, here's a look at the evolution of the bicycle.

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Patents

16-07-2018

Is a numerical range novel if it overlaps with a previously disclosed numerical range?

Jushi v OCV brings the UK approach in line with the EPO's when assessing overlapping range novelty.

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Patents

10-07-2018

​The patent process — a materials perspective

Take a look at the different elements of a patent, with some advice for materials-based inventions.

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Patents

06-07-2018

How to define complex materials in patent applications

How can you provide a clear definition of a material for a patent that is near impossible to define?

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Patents

02-07-2018

IP opportunities in autonomous and electric vehicles

Discover opportunities to protect IP rights in the development of autonomous and electric vehicles.

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Patents

28-06-2018

Cars made of graphene (well, almost!)

Find out how graphene can be a catalyst for innovation in the automotive sector.

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Patents

27-06-2018

Wimbledon 2018 and the history of the tennis ball

Ahead of Wimbledon, take a look at the history of the trusty tennis ball — from an IP perspective...

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Patents

25-06-2018

Is graphene finally beginning to realise its commercial potential?

A raft of new products containing graphene may be on the horizon. Step forward IP protection.

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Patents

25-05-2018

A distraction from the UEFA Champions League Final

With excitement building for the UCL final, we had to somehow sneak patents into the conversation...

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Patents

24-05-2018

The way you make me file — famous musician patent holders

From MJ’s anti-gravity shoes to Prince’s ‘Keytar’, here’s a look at a few musical patent holders.

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Patents

11-04-2018

Our ageing population — medical technologies on the rise

Our population is ageing, and the number of medical patent applications is rising...

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Patents

03-04-2018

When is further processing at the EPO not available?

Are you in danger of missing a deadline at the EPO?

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Patents

27-03-2018

Should exclusive licences come with a health warning?

You should take great care when negotiating and acquiring an exclusive licence.

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Patents

19-03-2018

Microbiome inventions — patenting the gastric microbes that keep you healthy

Dr Simon Mitchell considers microbiome inventions at the European Patent Office.

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Patents

07-03-2018

Employee infidelity

What happens when an employee breaches confidence and how might it be prevented?

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Patents

06-03-2018

The inter partes review legal loophole in the USA: a follow-up

Some US companies are potentially abusing the patent system with the help of tribes.

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Patents

06-03-2018

Swiss-type second medical use patents

Get the latest from the ongoing battle over the blockbuster drug pregabalin.

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Patents

20-02-2018

Eight great technologies

These eight technologies have been driving science and technology in the UK since 2012.

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Patents

19-02-2018

Can the automotive sector learn from the smartphone patent wars?

Licensing guidelines from the smartphone patent wars could also benefit the automotive sector...

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Patents

14-02-2018

The innovative UK automotive industry: how the past can inspire the future

From the Mini to McLaren, we look at five notable contributions to the automotive sector.

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Patents

26-01-2018

CRISPR-Cas9 – from gene editing to EPO patent law editing?

Getting filing formalities correct is just as important as getting the science correct...

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Patents

24-01-2018

Protecting new materials — a holistic approach

How can manufacturers extract the maximum return from the commercial value stream for new materials?

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Patents

08-01-2018

What are plant variety rights?

Find out about how to patent your plant-based inventions and what the impact of Brexit will be.

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Patents

03-01-2018

How do you make money from a patent?

There are lots of ways to make money from a patent. We've broken them down for you here.

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Patents

02-01-2018

Mind the validity gap — the effect of the doctrine of equivalents in the UK

What does the doctrine of equivalents really mean in practice?

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Patents

05-12-2017

A sign of things to come in the automotive industry?

Find out why BMW has announced an Avanci licensing agreement.

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Patents

04-12-2017

The unitary patent in Europe

Find out why the patent system in Europe may well be around for some time to come.

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Patents

04-12-2017

Lab-grown diamonds threat to big miners — but how might patents play their part?

Discover the IP battle in the lab-grown diamonds industry.

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Patents

30-11-2017

Can an online payment system be patented?

It might now be possible to obtain patents in the area of online payment systems. Here's why.

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Patents

17-11-2017

Should I hire a patent attorney?

Is it better to file a patent yourself, or hire some help? Here's our (unbiased, promise!) view.

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Patents

17-11-2017

Tribes, trolls and legal loopholes

An unusual legal loophole could be helping US companies to abuse the patent system.

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Patents

11-08-2017

Inventions to ease into the summer holidays

Here are some of the latest and greatest holiday-enhancing inventions.

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Patents

28-07-2017

The test for partial priority

How is the EPO testing the problem in case law?

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Patents

17-07-2017

UK Supreme Court introduces ‘doctrine of equivalents’ into law on claim interpretation

One of the key issues in patent infringement is the extent of protection conferred by the claims.

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Patents

31-01-2017

EPO discusses choice of closest prior art

Assessment of inventive step of a claimed invention is a key part of the patent prosecution process.

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Patents

17-08-2016

Royalties, revoked patents and pharmaceutical giants

EU competition law doesn't prevent royalties being paid for technology protected by revoked patents.

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Patents

29-06-2016

US Supreme Court rules on claim interpretation

The PTAB should adopt the broadest reasonable interpretation when interpreting patent claims.

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Patents

06-05-2016

Technically, it's a bird’s eye view!

Can you obtain patents for graphical user interfaces in Europe?

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Patents

07-04-2016

Can moral prejudice contribute to damages in an infringement action?

What if a proprietor of an IP right wishes to pursue damages in respect of embarrassment or trouble?

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Patents

18-11-2015

What happens if I disclose my invention?

The outcome of disclosing an invention depends on two main factors: when and how you disclose it.

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Patents

02-11-2015

The RSC Patent Debate — does chemistry benefit from the patent system?

Insights from a debate on the relative merits (or demerits) of the patent system to chemistry.

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Patents

26-06-2015

Transparency in pre-action disclosure

Find out why we welcomed a decision that improved transparency in pre-action disclosure.

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Patents

15-04-2015

IP issues every company should consider

It’s important to understand the difference between IP rights and what they do and don’t protect.

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Patents

05-04-2015

Plant patentability

Good news for plant breeders: plants obtainable by biological processes are patentable at the EPO.

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