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Universities to commercialise research and IP

While more research takes place across UK universities than other countries, turning this into funding is much slower. In a bid to change this prevailing attitude, and increase the amount of money raised through research and the sale of Intellectual… Continue Reading →

What does ‘tangible’ mean when it comes to copyright?

A fundamental understanding of copyright law is the understanding of works that are “fixed in any tangible meaning of expression.” It’s at the core of the legal rights behind any original work, and without a tangible medium then copyright doesn’t… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore rounds up the five spookiest pumpkin patents

It’s that time of year again. The weather’s turning, the clocks will soon change and then it’s the scariest night of the year – Halloween. Everywhere you look there are pumpkin-based products, from trick or treat supplies to pumpkin spiced… Continue Reading →

Are businesses making the most of their IP?

A report commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) says that businesses in the UK are not making the most of their innovations and ideas. The only way to do this is to identify and put a specific value… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment looks at the strangest celebrity trade marks

While businesses and brands look to trade mark logos, shapes and taglines, the world of celebrity opens up a world of weird and wonderful trade mark applications. We’ve been looking at some of the strangest trade mark applications over recent… Continue Reading →

Changes in EU trade mark law arriving October 2017

The EU trade mark laws have changed significantly over the last few years, and are set to change again in October. These changes will complement those made in March 2016, and will involve various additions and removals regarding trade mark… Continue Reading →

3D trade marks: Dawn Ellmore Employment examines the fine line between success and failure

Probably the most famous example of the battle to trade mark a 3D shape lies with Nestle’s Kit Kat bar. While their strapline advises taking a break, their fight to secure 3D trade marks for the distinctive shape of their… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment: Who’s leading mobile payment innovation?

In the UK, 46.4 million people own a smartphone. Statistics predict that by 2022, the number of monthly active users of smartphones in the UK will reach 53.96 million. With numbers like these, it’s not difficult to see why there… Continue Reading →

Can robots ‘own’ work?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) was first mooted in the 1960s. In 2017, it is becoming more prevalent and giving rise to much analysis surrounding a future living alongside robots. How will it work? Will robots take all the jobs? Will they… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment: Can patents predict the future?

Anyone born in the 1970s might be disappointed that 2017 hasn’t come up with the goods promised in Tomorrow’s World. The BBC TV programme that focused on future innovations seemed confident that the world of the future would be punctuated… Continue Reading →

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