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Strategies for capturing IP at dawn

Recent predictions from analysis firm Research and Markets estimate that the global market for photonics crystal components and modules will be worth $20.4 billion by 2017, and the global silicon photonics market worth $1.96 billion by 2025. With this surge in innovation the photonics market will become even more crowded,...

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Seven tips you won’t find in a fortune cookie – how to make sure your food and drink IP is fully protected in China

The lure and potential of China to food and drink manufacturers is obvious. China has a burgeoning middle class with an ever-increasing disposable income and Western brands are highly regarded in comparison with local products, from both a health and safety perspective and thanks to their cachet as status symbols....

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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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