Michael Vallance

Asda suffers setback for fintech invention

Walmart’s venture into the world of financial services and suffered a setback courtesy of the UKIPO in its recent decision regarding Walmart’s patent application. The US retail goliath applied for patents in relation to its mobile payment invention in the US, Canada, Japan, China and the UK, and was on...

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UK Supreme Court Rewrites the Rule Book on Patent Infringement

It didn’t make the 10 o’clock news but on 12 July 2017, with some irony, the UK courts took a decisive step towards Europe in changing the test for finding patent infringement.  The decision will be seen as a victory for patentees, however it provides uncertainty for third parties who...

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Beyond humanitarian aims: why social entrepreneurs need solid commercial foundations to succeed

This article was originally published via Growth Business here. Entrepreneurs set up businesses for all sorts of reasons. Everyone wants to be successful, but for many that doesn’t necessarily mean fast growth, a juicy exit, the next startup, a juicier exit, and a yacht in the Bahamas. They genuinely want...

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Industry 4.0 offers new opportunities and new competition: is your business IP ready?

Computer technology offers a raft of new opportunities for traditional manufacturing companies.  However, it also opens new challenges since traditional companies may face new competition unless they embrace technological advancements in their sector. The EPO Annual Report 2015 showed that the top five applicants for patent applications in the field...

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