Chemistry

Intellectual property could be the key to success in plastics

The PET plastic bottle is an old technology, but is ubiquitous for a reason. It has a lot of advantageous qualities: it’s cheap, durable and easily moulded into different shapes. However, the shortcomings in its suitability for recycling are well-documented. Along with other plastic products, the plastic bottle’s negative impact...

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A Right Pain in the Peripheries? The Supreme Court Decision in Warner-Lambert v Generics & Actavis

Summary In a significant judgment, the UK Supreme Court has rejected Warner-Lambert’s appeal against the revocation of patent EP(UK) No. 0934061, for the use of pregabalin in the treatment of pain. A key part of the ruling was the upholding of the appeal decision that a higher threshold of plausibility...

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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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Chemistry and Modern Innovation: Part 2 Advancing Chemical Understanding

Our previous article ‘Chemistry and Modern Innovation: Part 1’ outlined the ways in which chemistry has facilitated developments in other industries, looking at a number of innovations reliant on chemical products and processes. In this article, we will consider how chemical innovation itself can be improved using technologies developed in...

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Chemistry and Modern Innovation: Part 1 Chemistry Catalysing Innovation

Perhaps more often than you might expect, chemistry plays a key role in the technological advancement of our modern society. Today, chemical products and processes actuate innovation across a highly diverse range of industries, from electronics and digital, to sports, automotive, fashion and pharmaceutical. Similarly, emerging technologies developed in other...

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