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The pitfalls of online shopping

UK shoppers spend almost £1 in every £5 via the internet, with 59% of online sales made through smartphones or tablets.1 With accessibility and ease to shop online for just about anything, it is not difficult to be drawn to third-party sites offering seemingly unbeatable prices for products and, in particular for designer goods. The… Read more »

FDA clears adherence monitoring inhalation device

US approval for an inhaler monitoring device Patent Attorney and member of our Medical Devices Industry Team, Alex Bone, reflects on a decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve an adherence monitoring inhalation device for use in the US. “During previous employment at Novartis I looked at various medical devices for… Read more »

Microsoft and Halliburton collaborate to digitally transform the oil and gas industry

Longstanding client Halliburton announced on 22 August 2017 that they will enter into a strategic new relationship with Microsoft to “drive digital transformation across the oil and gas industry”. The relationship is to combine Microsoft’s global leading expertise in cloud and digital transformation with Halliburton’s global leading expertise in exploration and production (E&P) science, software… Read more »

Standards – what can the IP sector learn from the automotive industry?

Introduction Intellectual Property services typically rely on quality of client service to maintain their commercial edge. Nevertheless, the IP sector as a whole could stand to learn much from the best practice approaches adopted by many of the large industrial sectors it services. The International Organisation for Standardisation has begun to apply quality management practices… Read more »

Hybrid Vehicles – a simple guide

hybrid [pronounced hahy-brid] noun A thing made by combining two different elements. Hybrid cars are becoming more and more prevalent and here at AA Thornton we handle patent applications directed to the wide range of technology involved. This brief article explains exactly what is meant by a “hybrid”, the different types of hybrid vehicle available… Read more »

Bosch driving car safety revolution – #STOPTHECRASH

Bosch is the leading global supplier of technology and services when it comes to vehicle safety and the “Stop the Crash” initiative is providing them with a platform to campaign for much more widespread use of vehicle safety systems. What is “Stop the Crash?” Stop the Crash (#STOPTHECRASH) is an initiative of the consumer association… Read more »

Turning a corner – overcoming a bad biking habit

One of my abiding memories of learning to ride a motorbike is the sound of my instructor’s voice in my radio earpiece, telling me calmly (but with increasing frustration): “Cancel your indicator”, whenever I rode away from a junction. As a car driver, I am used to the car taking care of this as I… Read more »

Webmarking registered designs

The UKIPO have announced that the option of webmarking products to indicate registered design rights will launch on 1 October 2017. This will bring UK registered designs into line with UK patents, where webmarking of patented products has (read previous article here) been an option since October 2014. Present situation in webmarking As reported in an… Read more »

New European Medical Devices Regulations – Improving standards for Patients

Two new EU regulations were recently adopted to help regulate the over 500,000 types of medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic medical devices currently available in the EU. The medical devices regulation applies to the huge range of medical devices available – from relatively simple first aid technology such as sticking plasters, through drug delivery devices such as… Read more »

English courts permit the grant of ‘Arrow’ declarations in the interest of providing commercial certainty

For the first time, English Courts have granted relief in the form of a negative declaration known as an “Arrow” declaration which allows the claimant who sought the declaration to launch their product on the market with confidence that the patentee will not threaten the claimant for patent infringement in the UK. Following a judgment… Read more »

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