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Dawn Ellmore on the new president of the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) board has elected Antonio Campinos as its next president. He will take up his post from 1 July 2018. At present Campinos is the executive director of the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office), and… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore on the dispute that never ends: Samsung V Apple

In an increasingly uncertain world it seems one thing that can be relied on is Apple and Samsung arguing over who owns the design patent of round edged smartphones (among other things). After it all seemed to have been settled… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Lady Hale to become the First Female President at the UK Supreme Court

It was recently announced that Baroness Hale of Richmond (an English judge and the current Deputy President at the UK Supreme Court) will succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury as President of the UK Supreme Court. Lady Hale, who will be the first… Continue Reading →

Intellectual Property Threats Reforms comes into force on 1 October 2017

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 (IP Act) comes into force on 1 October 2017 and is set to reform the UK law on unjustified threats in intellectual property (IP) infringement disputes.  Threats laws were introduced to prevent threats… Continue Reading →

Power-Charging Robot that Comes When Called Patented By Amazon

One of Amazon’s latest patents (United States Patent 9711985) described as “techniques for mobile device charging using robotic devices” on the patent application aims to fill a gap in the market for consumers who need to use their smartphones in… Continue Reading →

Generic Drug Makers Blocked Until 2022 after US Court Upholds Patent on Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Cancer Treatment Velcade

A US Appeals Court recently ruled that a patent on Takeda Pharmaceutical’s chemotherapy drug Velcade used to treat bone marrow cancer is valid.  Velcade has been used to treat over 550,000 patients worldwide and equated to $1.13 billion of US… Continue Reading →

Apple Patents Technology to Dial 999 in an Emergency via Fingerprint

Although 999 is a short and easy emergency telephone number for anyone to remember, no matter their age, it is not always possible for an individual to dial the number safely without putting themselves in danger if they are with… Continue Reading →

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