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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 →

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 →

The Importance of Establishing Ownership of IP Assets

Simple oversights at the earliest stage of business formation can cause long term issues for any business, especially when trying to secure funding.  Investors often consider IP to be the most valuable part of a business and is highly influential… Continue Reading →

The Value Behind a Trade Mark

A trade mark is a word, name, symbol, or design used to identify and distinguish goods in commerce. Businesses across all industries use trade marks to identify a particular brand via words, logos, and/or colours: such marks prompt recognition through… Continue Reading →

Google Patents Technology for Driverless Cars to Detect Emergency Services and Respond

In 2009 Google announced it was developing driverless cars which would be available to the public in 2020.  The driverless technology industry is expected to be worth £900 billion globally by 2025. Google has now patented sensor technology to enable… Continue Reading →

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Position Paper on Brexit and IP

A recent position paper entitled ‘The impact of Brexit on intellectual property’ by The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) reveals the institute has a strong preference for the UK to participate in the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent… Continue Reading →

Apple’s New Patented Touch ID Technology Could Catch Smartphone Thieves

Apple has recently been granted a patent for Touch ID related technology.  Apple’s Touch ID is already a useful privacy and security feature but this patent could help catch Apple iPhone thieves. The new patent described as ‘Biometric Capture for… Continue Reading →

Arbitration: A Useful Money and Patents Saver in Disputes

Arbitration is currently rarely used in patent disputes because arbitration provisions are part of patent licensing agreements but most patent disputes are not between licensees and licensors. Arbitration can however be a valuable tool (saving time and money) in resolving… Continue Reading →

Three Location-based Gaming Patents for Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go (the digital monster catching game which uses an augmented reality overlay) that launched in July 2016 has become one of the most downloaded games (100 million times in August 2016) and has netted $10 million in daily revenues… 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 →

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