Advanced Engineering

Investment, Brexit and the challenge of IP for the UK space industry

The UK government is investing heavily into space technology as part of its economic strategy. For example, this year alone, two separate grants from the UK Space Agency – worth a combined £23.5m –  have been awarded to Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, to develop a new spaceport in...

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How the Landscape for UK Design Rights is Changing as we Approach Brexit

Key Points: UK registered design filings almost double from 2016 to 2017 as applicants prepare for Brexit. Existing European registered design rights will likely be automatically converted to UK registered design rights after Brexit, but the UK government expects administrative steps to be required from the rights holder to secure...

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Wisdom of the crowd: how to make sure IP doesn’t derail your crowdfunding efforts

Startups raising hundreds of thousands – even millions – of pounds via Kickstarter may be rarer than it once was, but crowdfunding remains a popular method of fundraising. There are a myriad of options, whether you go down the equity crowdfunding route offered by the likes of Seedrs, CrowdCube, and...

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The Current Future: The Opportunities for UK Companies in Electric Vehicles

There is an emissions cloud hanging over the global automotive industry. Sales of diesel cars have slumped in the wake of the “dieselgate” scandal, while pressure to reduce carbon emissions could cause petrol cars – and even petrol-electric hybrids – to begin to be phased out as early as 2025....

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Get your patents IN: India – the next hotbed of fintech innovation

With e-commerce making up just 4% of the retail market, most of the population still yet to be exposed to digital disruption, and a start-up ecosystem only a decade old – India might seem like an unlikely location for fintech innovation. Yet, in May, Indian company Flipkart became the world’s...

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