Chemistry

Chemistry and the skilled person

Almost undoubtedly, those with an interest in the patent field will have heard patent attorneys and examiners alike talk about “the skilled person”. This fictitious person represents a standard against which numerous aspects of patentability are assessed. But who is this “skilled person”? What capabilities and expertise do they have,...

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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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