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Patent of the Month – A refreshing torch

Committing to a run requires a degree of personal determination and dedication but keeping going is not the only thing that can prove challenging. As many runners will testify, there is also the ...


Patent Of the month – A dog’s best friend

No one likes to leave their pets unattended and unoccupied, but unfortunately daily life sometimes gets in the way. However, thanks to this ingenious pet interaction device from inventor Nicky Shaw, ...







Patent of the month – Reinventing child safety

Travelling with children can be difficult at the best of times, particularly on long car journeys. If extended periods of inactivity are not enough of a test, young children are also required by law ...



Patent of the month – Patenting with the grain

For many people, the action of shaving can lead to irritation of the skin. One of the most common refrains to minimise such irritation is to ‘go with the grain of the hair’. However, following this ...




Patent of the month – A barbecue for all seasons

With the cold winter nights upon us, the barbecues we enjoyed last summer seem a long-distant memory. However, thanks to a space-saving innovation from New Zealand's Martin Thompson, our next ...


Patent of the month - A new toothbrush for children

Oral health for children is very important. Keeping teeth clean as a child develops can help to avoid severe dental problems later in life. However, as many parents have discovered, children often ...




Exploiting a UK patented invention

In our IP survey earlier this year we asked whether you believed your company is effectively exploiting its IP. Nearly 50% of respondents disagreed. In response to this feedback Charlotte Musgrave ...


Ownership of inventions

Respondents to our recent IP survey raised some interesting questions regarding how best to mitigate against the potential loss of technology or know-how through staff losses. In consideration of ...


IP protection on the rise

You may remember that we repeated our annual survey exploring views and experiences of intellectual property (IP) earlier this year. Anthony Albutt takes a look at the results and addresses some of ...


IP on show

Trade shows can be a great way of shouting about what you do, but make sure you don't shout too loudly if your IP is not protected. Jonathan Jackson, Partner and European Patent Attorney, D Young & ...


Innovate to differentiate

The smart phone market is evolving and, while they may all look much the same, there are designs that still need protected, particularly when looking at the accessories they are paired with. Jonathan ...



Is embedded technology innovation outpacing IP law?

For watches, fitness bands and other more traditional wearable technology, intellectual property is fairly predictable; if the innovation is in how a product operates, protect it with a patent, if it ...


Community chest

Registered Community Designs are a significant aspect of IP protection in the sphere of portabl devices. Here, Jonathan Jackson of D Young & Co LLP explains.


IP essentials for start-ups and SMEs

New and growing companies often have tight budgets and may think that it is not worth investing in protecting IP. However, inadequate protection of IP may lead to disputes and can ultimately prove ...

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