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The Carbon Car

The Carbon Car Carbon materials are prized for their strength, low density and chemical resilience. The diverse utility of carbon materials has seen them employed in the field of vehicles since the early days of large scale commercial automobile manufacture in the early 1900s. Despite over 100 years of use, few present day drivers are… Read more »

CRISPR: the gene editing tool and related patents

CRISPR: the gene editing tool and related patents CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) gene-editing technology is considered as one of the biggest innovations of the century in the biotechnology field and has gained a lot of attention worldwide, especially in the US and Europe in the area of Intellectual Property Rights. Research has… Read more »

Relaxing the Tension Between Publishing and Patenting: Practical Hints and Tips – Part two

Relaxing the Tension Between Publishing and Patenting: Practical Hints and Tips – Part two In the first part of our article on this topic, we outlined some patent-related ramifications of publishing your research and development prior to filing a patent application. This second part provides you with some practical hints and tips for drafting your paper, helping you to… Read more »

Relaxing the Tension Between Publishing and Patenting: The Legal Basis for Tension – Part One

Relaxing the Tension Between Publishing and Patenting: The Legal Basis for Tension – Part One In the summer of 1975, at a Medical Research Council (MRC) meeting, a presentation was given by scientists César Milstein and Georges Köhler.1 The topic: monoclonal antibodies. The presentation was attended by Tony Vickers, a member of the MRC, who asked the scientists for… Read more »

“Working Statements” at the Indian Patent Office – a recent petition may provide some much needed guidance

“Working Statements” at the Indian Patent Office – a recent petition may provide some much needed guidance   Every year, the holder of an Indian patent must file a statement declaring whether their invention is being “worked” or “not worked” in India. This is known as Form 27. If the invention is being worked, then… Read more »

Mighty MasSpec pen

An interdisciplinary team of researchers based in Austin, Texas have developed a handheld device that accurately analyses tissue samples in vivo enabling real-time cancer diagnosis during surgery. When treating cancer, surgeons often remove the whole tumour with a margin of healthy tissue. If the margin is too big then healthy tissue will have been removed… Read more »

IP Helps Koenigsegg Keep Engine Development Ticking Over

Picture from: http://www.freevalve.com/ Fuel efficiency and power have long been key areas of automotive development. Recently the high profile advances in this area have related to hybrid powertrains and a move to all electric vehicles. New developments in these areas regularly feature in new patent filing figures. A significant new development for a well-established technology like… Read more »

A Picture Of Health – How Bosch Is Making Hospitals Smarter

Engineering and electronics manufacturer Bosch recently set out details of how its products are helping hospitals to become ‘smarter’ in the way they provide their services and manage their valuable medical equipment [www.bosch-presse.de/pressportal/de/en/bosch-is-making-hospitals-smart-128448.html]. A longstanding client of A.A. Thornton & Co., Bosch is a household name for consumers in the areas of power tools and… Read more »

Michelin’s X is king

The Continental vs Michelin[1] appeal at the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU), decided a few months ago arose from an opposition by Michelin to Continental’s European Union Trade Mark Application for the registration of  in relation to ‘Tyres; Inner tubes for tyres’. Michelin relied, inter alia, on its earlier French trade mark… Read more »

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