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Re-designing the system – the UK IPO consults on the future of UK design protection – all questions answered by the government*! *not

I reported on the post-Brexit consultation launched by the UK government into the design system here, and the government’s response was recently published here. This article looks at the main conclusions offered in the government response.  If you were envisaging that the response would set out a clear plan for the reform of the system… Read more »

Music as a pharmaceutical alternative

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” The words of Aldous Huxley depict the unique ability of music to convey emotion and summon an instinctual sentimental response within us all. Although many believe this to be an ineffable reaction which defies scientific explanation, a growing body of research appears to… Read more »

The IP Space – Edition 2

The IP Space – Edition 2 Greetings once more Earthlings…!…  Welcome back to this new series of short articles reporting on the latest challenges and successes in the Space Industry. The Space Industry takes inspiration from all areas of life, including the way we eat our food it seems! If you enjoy eating food the… Read more »

IRONMAN records smashed

IRONMAN records smashed Ironman?  Superman.   7 and 8 hour male and female IRONMAN barriers smashed in an astonishing display of athletic endurance. Patent Attorney and keen “endurance eventer” Stuart Greenwood dives into the world of IRONMAN to report on the breaking of the latest seemingly unbreakable athletic barrier and the technology that helped make it possible…. Read more »

The IP Space

The IP Space Greetings Earthlings…!…  Welcome to this new series of short articles reporting on the latest challenges and successes in the Space Industry.  These will be regular updates, posted every couple of weeks or so, primarily aimed at bringing you quickly up to speed with some of the most recent and significant technical developments… Read more »

Litigation by STEALTH not permitted by Court of Appeal

Litigation by STEALTH not permitted by Court of Appeal Introduction It is not uncommon for trade mark owners to purchase old, and unused, trade mark registrations as part of their commercial IP strategy, but what happens when a party acquires a right during the course of litigation and deliberately conceals the fact it has done… Read more »

Concrete and its devastating impact on the environment

Concrete and its devastating impact on the environment When people consider what is the most consumed product on earth, few would consider concrete. In fact, concrete is the second most consumed product on Earth, second to water1. It is used as the foundation for most of our modern building infrastructure – houses, tower blocks, roads… Read more »

Making Walking Greener with Intellectual Property

Making Walking Greener with Intellectual Property The recent pandemic has changed the daily commute for many from a time consuming journey to the office using a car, train and / or bike into a slipper-clad wander from kitchen to study (or makeshift bedroom office).  Hopefully those that can will continue to use their feet to… Read more »

Our Evolving Relationship with Plastic

Our Evolving Relationship with Plastic We have a complex relationship with plastic. Plastic has long been viewed as a ‘wonder material’ due to its useful durability, moldability, and low cost.  The commercialisation of plastic products began in the early 1900s with the invention of Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride which will be known by many as Bakelite. The method… Read more »

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