IP protection

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 →

Does a Patent Offer the Best Protection for Your Invention?

Before applying for a patent, you should make sure it really is the best option for your invention.  Patents should not be confused with the other kinds of intellectual property rights available: utility models – to protect technical innovations which… Continue Reading →

Experts Predict More Brands will try and Trade Mark Commonly-used Words

High street retailer Specsavers’ successfully registered the words ‘should’ve’ and ‘shouldve’ (verbs in common usage) linked to their advertising slogan “Should’ve gone to Specsavers” at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).  The ruling means the Specsavers could have the right to… Continue Reading →

US Provisional Patents: What They Are and Why Inventors Need Them

US provisional patents can’t be granted but you can file a provisional patent application which if done correctly can be a very useful tool for inventors. A provisional application for a US patent is: US national application for patent filed… Continue Reading →

How Brexit is Expected to Affect an Organisation’s Protection of Their Intellectual Property

The European Union (EU) referendum result for the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the EU (commonly known as Brexit) will have implications for British SMEs although it has been noted that there will be no immediate impact for the next two… Continue Reading →

Can Innovation be Protected Without Patents?

Limitations on patentability for biologic medicine innovation means data exclusivity and market exclusivity can be the primary protection for originator biologic medicines which is most evident in the USA. National Regulation Authority (RNA) needs to be satisfied that the product… Continue Reading →

UK Publishes Digital Strategy Outlining Plans for IP Protection for 3D Printing

Advances in 3D printing and the fact that 3D printers are now more readily accessible have made it easier and less expensive for companies to produce products and to manufacture them from a single article rather than needing multiple components…. Continue Reading →

How Much Protection Do US Common Law Trade Mark Rights Provide?

In the United States (US) common law rights are automatically granted to trade marks used without registration providing you can prove you were the first to use the mark commercially in your geologic area.  Many new businesses are surprised to… Continue Reading →

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