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Office inventions – making your life easier since the 1860s

The recent death of Larry Tesler, the computer scientist who created the “cut, copy and paste” functions used so often in offices throughout the world on a daily basis, lead us to reflect on other innovations that we take for… Continue Reading →

H&M earns its stripes in long running trade mark battle

Cast your minds back to 1997: Tony Blair led the Labour party to a landslide election victory, Manchester United were crowned Premier League champions for the second successive season, and MmmBop and Barbie Girl were dominating the airwaves. It was… Continue Reading →

“OK Google, have you stolen our tech?”

Sonos, the US home speaker pioneer, has recently brought a patent infringement action against Google, claiming amongst other things that Google’s own branded speakers infringe on Sonos’s technology. We take a look at how the companies got to this position,… Continue Reading →

Top 10 Most Innovative UK Cities Revealed

Cities Outlook 2017 is the latest edition of an annual report compiled by the Centre for Cities study group looking at number of patents filed in different cities across the UK. Perhaps unsurprisingly Cambridge and Oxford (famous for their world… Continue Reading →

The UK Ranks Third in the Global Innovation Index 2016

The Global Innovation Index (GII) is an annual index (first compiled in 2007) which ranks countries based on their innovative status.  The GII index is based on subjective and objective data from sources including the International Telecommunication Union, the World… Continue Reading →

Male Inventors found to be Three Times More Likely than Women to Apply for Patents

A report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) entitled “Equity in Innovation: Women Inventors and Patents” found between 2000 and 2016 the number of patent applications with a man listed as the primary inventor was more than triple… Continue Reading →

Innovation Investment Levels in the US and China

It has been suggested that over the last decade US government policies and legal rulings have pushed US investment money overseas to China.  A huge portion of the US economy relies on intellectual property industries which support more than 45… Continue Reading →

China Gets Patent World Record for 1m Filings in a Year

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently confirmed China had become the first country to file 1 million patent applications in a single year.  China is thus driving Asian-led growth in innovation worldwide: 62% of global filing activity for patents… Continue Reading →

Update to EPO Guidelines for Claiming Software Inventions

The November 2016 edition of the European Patent Office’s Guidelines for Examination recently came into effect.  This new edition contains a section clarifying how the EPO will examine claims on computer-implemented inventions. This updated guidance provides consistent interpretation of computer… Continue Reading →

Should Computers be Named as Patent Inventors?

As current patent law stands only a human individual can file as an inventor on a patent who conceived of the idea. Defined as “the formation in the mind of the inventor of a definite and permanent idea of the… Continue Reading →

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