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2018 put sport tech into the floodlights, but what does the future hold?

What will the 2018 Fifa World Cup be remembered for? France’s victory? England’s resurgence? Senegal’s joyous training methods? Quite unusually, last year’s World Cup was probably most noteworthy for a technology deployment: the use of a video assistant referee (VAR) in football’s biggest tournament for the first time. VAR proved...

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Your brand is everything in the hospitality sector. Protect your intellectual property and strengthen your brand equity

The hospitality sector is facing crisis. Not only is it under the same external pressures as other industries, it is also being challenged by high rental prices, increasing business rates, staffing problems associated with Brexit, the cost of regulatory compliance, and rising wages. Crucially though, competition is as fierce as...

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Intellectual property could be the key to success in plastics

The PET plastic bottle is an old technology, but is ubiquitous for a reason. It has a lot of advantageous qualities: it’s cheap, durable and easily moulded into different shapes. However, the shortcomings in its suitability for recycling are well-documented. Along with other plastic products, the plastic bottle’s negative impact...

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Investment, Brexit and the challenge of IP for the UK space industry

The UK government is investing heavily into space technology as part of its economic strategy. For example, this year alone, two separate grants from the UK Space Agency – worth a combined £23.5m –  have been awarded to Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, to develop a new spaceport in...

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How the Landscape for UK Design Rights is Changing as we Approach Brexit

Key Points: UK registered design filings almost double from 2016 to 2017 as applicants prepare for Brexit. Existing European registered design rights will likely be automatically converted to UK registered design rights after Brexit, but the UK government expects administrative steps to be required from the rights holder to secure...

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