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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: 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 →

UK Supreme Court re-steers UK Patent Infringement Law with Landmark Decision

The background to this case was that Eli Lilly owned a patent that claims within the patent the use of “pemetrexed disodium” in the manufacture of a medical treatment substance that when combined with vitamin B12 can be used as… Continue Reading →

Will the EU Relocate London-based Unified Patent Court after UK Leaves EU?

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, recently suggested that the new London based unified patent court may have to move away from its current location in London after the UK leaves the EU.  It has already been decided that… Continue Reading →

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