Articles

Where there’s a claim, there’s blame?

In European Patent Office opposition proceedings, someone has to lose, or at least won’t get everything they want.  For a patentee, the erosion or wholesale loss of their monopoly right is a significant commercial risk. For an opponent, anything less than complete revocation of a patent can mean a serious...

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Lightning Fast Patents

The global photonics market is enjoying sustained growth above GDP with a recent report by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) increasing its evaluation of global photonics trade to over $180 billion. The solar power sector is a particularly strong example of this trend with forecasts suggesting the...

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Registered Designs – deMYTHstified! (Part 2 of 2)

In this second of two articles on the benefits of registered designs (the first of which can be found here), we tackle five more of the most-commonly repeated myths we hear on the subject: (1)   “We’ve already shown our design, so it’s too late to apply for protection.” Myth –...

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Registered Designs – deMYTHstified! (Part 1 of 2)

When businesses decide to invest in intellectual property to protect their assets, patents and trade marks are typically the most obvious choices and are often a good place to start.  However, when it comes to protecting the investment made in developing the appearance of a product or brand, patents and...

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New routes to freedom to operate in the UK

What can you do when you find your path to the UK market impeded by a UK patent? [a].  Historically, removing such a freedom to operate obstacle would have required costly litigation in the UK courts, a product work-around, or taking a license. A work-around is not always possible, or...

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