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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 →

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 →

The history of the UK trade mark

Today the term ‘trade mark’ is commonly used and widely understood. While consumers may not know the legal background of a trade mark, it’s generally understood that the product, symbol or name belongs to a company or business. Modern trade… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment: How brands can trade mark colours

It may seem strange, but it’s completely legal for companies to trade mark a colour. They must meet certain conditions, of course, and are usually confined to specific industries and areas of expertise. As an example, you definitely couldn’t use… Continue Reading →

How should the UK encourage new inventors?

Businesses in Britain registered the highest number of inventions in history last year. With Brexit casting economic uncertainty over research and development, inspiring the next generation of innovative scientists and technology pioneers is a challenge. However, figures do show that… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore: Weekly Patent and Trade Mark Law Roundup

Trademarking and the First Amendment In the U.S this week a federal court appeal seemed to indicate that they were considering the registration “FUCT” by fashion designer Erik Brunetti, as banning trademarks which make use of “profanity and or sexual… Continue Reading →

The role of AI in IP

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around since the 1960s. Although it still sounds futuristic as a concept, it’s something that is becoming more entrenched in every day life. The chief benefit of AI is its ability to analyse and manipulate… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment: What fuels innovation?

Is there a formula to successful innovation? If so, what are the components that make up a truly innovative company, whether it’s a start-up or an established company? The Global Innovation Index, which is compiled every year by INSEAD business… Continue Reading →

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