With World Intellectual Property Day landing on 26 April this year, Real Business heard from serial inventor Graham Harris about how entrepreneurs can chart a path through the UK’s patenting process before bringing a new product to market.
Often, when deciding where to apply for IP protection, the most difficult challenge is knowing in which countries any new product or service is likely to be most successful. Here are a few IP considerations to take into account.
Have you ever heard the saying “good artists copy; great artists steal”? Allegedly originating from Pablo Picasso, the words were made famous by Steve Jobs – who claimed Apple wan’t afraid of stealing ideas and making them better.
On 28 July 2016, the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) comes into force, meaning some artistic works will now fall back under copyright. It provides a long-stop date of 28 January 2017 for the final stocks of products that may now infringe copyright to be sold through or destroyed.
Inspiration can be found in a wide variety of places – indeed, the shower is often said to be one of them. But for entrepreneur Toby McCartney, he found the motivation he needed to develop a problem-solving business when attending his young daughter’s school assembly.
Daniel Chew, lead partner of major European intellectual property firm Haseltine Lake’s China group and Michael Conway, associate trade mark attorney, also of Haseltine Lake, discuss the recent Apple trade mark case and what it means for UK businesses.
Most businesses are now aware that a new patent system will come into effect in 2017 for most of the EU. The new system has two strands: the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and European patents with unitary effect (unitary patent, or UP).
While the patent lawsuit has predominantly been the preserve of big businesses, we rounded up four cases that prove that powerful brands don't always have the sway to stop international rivals from infringing on patents.
The founder of children’s luggage company Trunki believes the decision by the Supreme Court to not uphold his infringement claim will serve as a “wave of uncertainty” for British designers.
Technology giant Apple could be facing a bill of $862m (£557.5m) after the University of Wisconsin claimed the company used its microchip technology without permission.
Justin Simpson, the founder of Inovia, is on a constant quest to improve the IP status quo – which led to the creation of the first "IP portal". We talked to Simpson about how cost has hampered SMEs from filing patents and what lies ahead for the industry.
A patent application from 2007, the year the first iPhone launched, describes a system for purchasing items at a retailer with a wireless device. Apple has come a long way since then and, with Barclays' bPay, Venmo and PayPal constantly amping up the online payments competition, it has done a whole lot of patenting to stay in the game.