When people think of intellectual property protection often the first thing that pops into their mind is a patent (and then the question of how it’s pronounced). But patents can be hard to come by, with a very high bar for what’s considered to be an “inventive step” and often fairly substantial legal fees to get the thing drafted. However, what a lot of people fail to realise is that secrecy is the key to…continue reading
Some handy hints for Tech Start-Ups and others. The great writer Charles Dickens covered almost every aspect of life including the patent process in his reprinted piece ‘A Poor Man’s Tale of a Patent’. In this short story Dickens tells the tale of John who travels from Birmingham to lodge in London and file his patent. After six weeks of unfathomable bureaucracy and cost he writes ‘I was quite worn out both in patience and…continue reading
On 26 April 2018 (“World IP Day”) the UK’s IP Minister Sam Gyimah announced that the UK has, at long last, ratified the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. Why does it matter? As we wrote about in a previous blog post, Europe is on the verge of the biggest shake up of the patent landscape in decades. The proposed unitary patent, together with its custom-built court system the Unified Patent Court, will be a brand…continue reading
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…continue reading
Why the Unitary Patent Matters to You: A Beginner’s Guide to the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court
If you’re the owner of a European Patent (‘EP’) or considering applying for one, but haven’t yet been brave enough to face the prospect of getting to grips with the forthcoming European-wide patent system, then this article is for you. The story thus far on the proposed unitary patent (‘UP’) and its specialised custom-built court system, the Unified Patent Court (‘UPC’) has been decades in the making. This article aims to tell you ‘what-you-need-to-know’ about…continue reading
Although I was not aware at the time my first exposure to the business pitch was probably that in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). There is a part when Caractacus Potts visits Lord Scrumptious in his factory to pitch his toote sweets (sweets that whistle) and after an unfortunate meeting Potts begs Lord Scrumptious for another chance. Lord Scrumptious is merciless and famously reports: ‘Too late. Had your chance. Muffed It’. The pain…continue reading
This year, the European Patent Office (EPO) granted three new patents to Carlsberg (EP2384110, EP2373154 and EP2575433) relating, broadly, to the harvest of kernels from barley plants, the process for brewing and the drinks produced by these methods. European patent law prohibits patents on plant varieties and breeding; however, notwithstanding these prohibitions, the patents have been granted by the EPO. The European Commission has stated that plants and animals resulting from essentially biological breeding should…continue reading
Apple has secured a new design patent from the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for the Apple Watch to protect its design from being copied. The design patent was first filed with the US Patent and Trademark office in August last year to protect the rectangle with rounded corners design (pictured below). According to three new patent applications, Apple is exploring smart bands that would add new features to the Apple Watch. Collectively, the…continue reading
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