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Let’s cut to the CHEESE – a banquet of IP updates

Sarah Neil serves up four delicious courses which stretch the boundaries of Intellectual Property in the food industry Here at AAT we love food. Not only do we love eating food, we love cooking food, thinking about food and talking about food. We also love combining food with our other passion: IP. In recent years,… Read more »

IC what you did there…

Louise Foster casts an eye over an important clarification in the Virginie LLC vs Virgin Enterprises Limited ‘VIRGINIC’ case. Virginie LLC (the Respondent) applied to register the mark VIRGINIC as a UK trade mark in respect of goods in class 3 on 17th January 2018. Using the fast-track opposition procedure, Virgin Enterprises Limited (the Appellant)… Read more »

World Intellectual Property Day 2019 – Innovation in Sports

AA Thornton celebrates World Intellectual Property Day 2019 The 26th April is World Intellectual Property Day and this year’s campaign celebrates the role IP rights play in the development of sport for enjoyment worldwide. To mark the occasion, we took a look at a few interesting inventions which are pushing the frontiers of technology to… Read more »

AAT Insights – Electric car innovation in patents

David Blair gives us a brief insight into the history of electric car innovation in relation to patents. The automotive industry is currently in the midst of great strides in innovation and development in the fields of electric vehicles, connected cars and autonomous driving. It is not surprising that technological advancements in the fields of… Read more »

Jet suit patent granted…but what’s new?

Gravity Industries Ltd have successfully patented a Jet Suit, but how is this a ‘new’ invention? On 13 March 2019 the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) granted a patent (GB2559971) to a UK company, Gravity Industries Limited, for “A wearable flight system with propulsion assemblies worn on a user’s body”, otherwise known as a jet… Read more »

Patent protection of medical devices

Patent protection of medical devices – time for a rethink? This article was first published by Bio Science Today in March 2019 Introduction The duration of patent protection for medical devices is up to twenty years, as for any other type of device. Pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, may be entitled to an extended duration… Read more »

AA Thornton attends the Wearable Technology Show 2019

Reporting on the Wearable Technology Show AA Thornton recently attended the Wearable Technology Show 2019 in London to explore the direction in which innovation is being driven in the wearables market. The event hosted an array of innovative start-ups, many of which were exhibiting ingenious technology derived from truly pioneering ideas. The technology on show… Read more »

‘Being flexible’ by Stuart Greenwood

Patent attorney Stuart Greenwood reflects on his flexible working experience at AA Thornton Inspired by the recent Flexible Working talk held by IP Inclusive, Stuart Greenwood, a UK and European patent attorney here at AA Thornton, writes about his experiences as a part-time patent attorney and full-time dad, and the support he has received from… Read more »

Brexit update: EU Trade Marks

UK Statutory Legislation on Brexit and EU Trade Marks It remains unlikely that the UK will leave the EU on 29 March without a deal, but the UK Government continues to prepare the UK’s statute book for exit from the EU, including in the area of intellectual property, with several IP focussed Statutory Instruments being… Read more »

Google Get Lucky

Google get lucky – Google win a patent dispute over their “I’m feeling lucky” button Google have been involved in a dispute with Israeli company Spring Ventures (previously Buy2 Networks) regarding their “I’m feeling lucky” button which, once clicked, takes the user straight to Google’s top-ranked search link. Spring Ventures asserted that the button infringed… Read more »

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