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Illuminating food fraud: optical technologies at the forefront of the fight against food and drink counterfeiting

The UK’s National Food Crime Unit recently estimated that piracy could account for more than one billion pounds of annual UK food and drink trade[1]. Amidst public concern over scandals involving horse meat “beef” burgers and antifreeze “vodka”, the food and drink industry is turning to high-tech solutions to protect...

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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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IP is Real for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Start-ups

Virtual reality and augmented reality are on the verge of becoming the next technological breakthrough. Facebook’s purchase of Oculus for $2 billion in March 2014 epitomised the seriousness with which major players view VR in terms of its potential. The immediate and dramatic induction of Pokémon Go into popular culture,...

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The need-to-know on forum shopping for patent revocation

Patent revocation proceedings at the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) represent an attractive option for clearing the way in the UK.  The grounds for revocation are largely the same in both the European Patent Office (EPO) and the UKIPO, so how do they shape up in revoking patents?  We explore...

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3D Printing: Adding another layer of protection to your IP

The range of applications for 3D printing technologies is fascinating and growing at an ever increasing rate. From existing applications in the medical industry to 3D printed pizza, there is even potential for a 3D printed lunar base as envisaged by NASA. 3D printing, or ‘additive printing’, relates to objects built from successive layers of materials...

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