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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 →

Eli Lilly Settlement Deal with Generics means Cialis coming Off Patent Two Years Early

Eli Lilly & Co. developed and manufactures Cialis, a drug which treats erectile dysfunction.  Eli Lilly has had an ongoing patent dispute with other companies producing generic versions of Cialis about the Eli Lilly’s patent on the unit dose of… Continue Reading →

Amazon’s Patented Fashion Mannequin Changes Size to Match a Customer’s Physique

Amazon’s recently patented a fashion mannequin that has the ability to change size to match a customer’s physique. This new fashion mannequin that includes an automated camera allows the time taken by a stylist to dress and photograph the mannequin… Continue Reading →

Jo Johnson Reappointed as Minister for IP

The full list of ministerial responsibilities in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy was recently finalised and announced.  It was revealed that Jo Johnson (brother of Boris Johnson) will continue in his role as Minister of State for… Continue Reading →

Drone Delivery Beehive Towers Patented by Amazon

Amazon recently had a patent (originally filed in December 2015) published for what is described on the patent application as a “multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles”.  Due to the large size of traditional fulfilment centres (where goods are… Continue Reading →

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