A VICTORY FOR AI/MACHINE LEARNING PATENTS IN THE UK…?

A recent court case has highlighted just how complex patents can be when they involve AI. If you’re working with an Artificial Neural Network or a similar computer program, then this may useful to understand. In a recent appeal, the High Court overturned a decision by the UK Patent Office to refuse a patent application…

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“GIN-UINE ARTICLE?”

M&S vs Aldi Design Infringement High profile cases with big brands obviously hit the news far more than other lesser known products, and there have been a number of interesting cases over the past few years. But whether you’re a global chain or a smaller one-time inventor, it’s always wise to be careful. In recent…

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UKIPO PUBLISHES STRATEGY FOR 2024-2027

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has published its “IP for a Creative and Innovative UK Strategy 2024 to 2027”; and identifies three “pillars” that will underpin its work in the three years ahead. These are: The Strategy goes on to talk about the “transformation” being undergone at the UKIPO “that will make working with…

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Funding and Intellectual Property Rights

Funding and intellectual property rights

In the news recently, we have been told that the UK is now out of recession.  It sounds like good news, and of course it will be once the economy starts to settle down and, hopefully, grow.  But investment in innovation still seems to be sluggish, and one wonders if potential investors and funding bodies…

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FAQs: 5. What is involved in the patent process?

What is involved in the patent process?

The patent process in the UK (and most other countries) is relatively long (usually 3-4 years), and there are various deadline-driven stages and procedures that need to be followed. To the uninitiated, this process can seem complex and laborious, so in our final blog in this FAQ series, we will look at what is involved…

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FAQs: 4. What is Invention Harvesting?

What is involved in the patent process?

When you’re trying to decide what might need protecting, start by thinking about what it is that will distinguish your business and/or product(s) from those of your nearest competitors. What features will make your customers buy your product rather than any other similar product in the market. It is these features that really should be…

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FAQs: 3. What is patentable?

What is involved in the patent process?

I am often asked, what is patentable? Well, you could try reading the Patent Office guide to patentability in their Manual of Patent Practice, which is long, complicated and rather laborious to say the least. Or you can read on for a quick and easy guide… A patent can be obtained for a product, process,…

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FAQs: 1. What is a patent?

What is involved in the patent process?

A patent is a piece of intellectual property (IP) that protects technical innovation. If you have a patent for your product, process, system (or part of it), you can stop your competitors from doing the same for up to twenty years. What is the difference between patents and other registered IP? Patents protect technical innovation. …

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