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Little-known trouble at European Patent Office should put start-ups and investors alike on alert

The European Patent Office (EPO), the body responsible for ruling on patent applications submitted by companies across the continent, has come under fire recently as a result of growing concerns about the quality of patents it has been granting. While the EPO’s management team has celebrated recent increases in the overall number of patents granted as...

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Nurturing green technologies for a post-plastics era

With the current atmosphere of renewed efforts and motivation to minimise our impact on the natural environment, plastics are in the spotlight. Plastics crop up regularly in our daily lives, particularly in the packaging of the food, drinks and other consumer products that we use. The durability of the polymers...

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Female inventors and gender imbalance in patent applications

Where are the female inventors? Despite the recent fashion for children’s books designed to redress the representation of historical female inventors, according to the Intellectual Property Office, women make up just 7 per cent of UK patent holders. Ruth Wright and others discuss the possible reasons so few women are named...

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Omni MedSci v. Apple reawakens patent troll debate

Apple has recently become involved in a lawsuit that looks set to reawaken the debate around non-practicing entities and the issue of so-called patent trolls. On 6 April 2018 Omni MedSci, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas alleging Apple was infringing four of Omni MedSci’s patents...

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Asking the right questions to optimise life sciences IP

This article was originally published on Biotech and Money. Supporting commercial goals by asking ‘why?’ As there is no one-size-fits-all approach to developing an effective IP strategy, GJE ensures it has a thorough understanding of its clients’ objectives and developments within their businesses so that it is able to offer the...

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