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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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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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