Articles

Designs – The Unsung Heroes of the IP World

Design protection is an often overlooked aspect of intellectual property. It is common to protect physical products via a patent, which may protect how the product is made or how it works, while trade mark protection may be used to protect the brand that may have been constructed around the product. Design rights have their place...

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Challenges to Scale & Sale

Hospitality is a sector of great size, diversity and capacity to scale. In the UK alone, eating and drinking out generates a turnover of approximately £63 billion a year, and the landscape of the industry is constantly changing. It is perhaps the industry’s innovation and ability to adapt that has...

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Giving Sustainable Innovation the Green Light

With the return of the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet’ highlighting the damaging effects of environmental changes on our oceans’ inhabitants, the continued need for sustainable development and environmentally-friendly innovation is once again at the forefront of public debate. Green Technology Governments and companies all over the world are both promoting and...

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Dispelling the myth that you can’t patent big data projects

Big data as a term is a broad church that encompasses a range of innovation. The technology itself has evolved dramatically from the relational databases of the 70s, through to modern processing techniques for unstructured and structured data. Today,’big data’ is often used synonymously with data analytics and data science,...

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Patent Eligibility tests at the UK IPO – before or after inventive step?

The UK IPO and EPO each take a different approach to patentability of computer implemented inventions. One of the most contentious issues in this area and one which is significantly affecting efforts to harmonise tests globally (see the recent paper from the AIPPI study group on CII) is consideration of...

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