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Can you patent a Santa Claus Detector?

Yes, you can. Well, in the US, anyway. The patent granted protection for a Christmas Stocking, as shown above, which would “signal the arrival of Santa Claus by illuminating externally visible light…having a power source located within…the device”. But would something like this be patentable in the UK? The answer may not be as simple as you think. Firstly, let’s consider what a “patent” actually is and the level of protection it grants to the…
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apple branded products

Apple v. Samsung: a 7-year battle with no real winner

On Wednesday 27th June 2018, the never-ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung finally came to an end. The story begins in 2011 when Apple sued Samsung, alleging the company was infringing iPhone and iPad patents. One year later, the court gave a first ruling in favour of Apple. Although it recognized that several software and hardware features had been taken from Apple products, the amount of damages Samsung would have to pay was not…
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What does the CSI Effect and Suits have to do with your knowledge of the law?

In 2006, the CSI Effect was prevalent throughout the criminal courts of America, with jurors questioning forensic evidence through information that had been learned off of the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigations. The technical term for the CSI Effect is ‘any of several ways in which the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science on crime television shows influences public perception’. Peter Robson in his essay on ‘The Portrayal of the Corporate Lawyer on TV: the…
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