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Catalsys: Powering Sustainable Infrastructure with IP Protection

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It is said that “necessity is the mother of invention”, and as someone who’s spent over two decades working with inventors and innovation on IP Protection, I have seen it time and again. The need to reduce carbon emissions is pushing us to a world where our transportation, homes and industrial processes must run on… Read more »

Do you need a Certification Mark or a Trade Mark?

What is a Certification Mark? The purpose of a Certification Mark is to tell the consumer that a product or service meets a specific standard set by a regulatory body. This criteria can include a variety of things such as; the goods and services have certain characteristics, or the user has certain qualifications. Some examples… Read more »

Global WIIN: Empowering women inventors through IP

When it comes to invention and scientific discovery, women have pioneered innovations that have reshaped our world. Ada Lovelace is one of the most notoble women inventors of recent history. She didn’t just write code; she imagined a future where computers would become an integral part of our lives, crafting the first algorithm intended for… Read more »

Tackling Plastic Pollution with Sustainable Innovations

The famous line from Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’, “You Either Die a Hero or Live Long Enough to See Yourself Become the Villain,” offers a compelling metaphor for the trajectory of several modern innovations. Initially, these breakthroughs are heralded as solutions to our most pressing challenges, embodying the pinnacle of human ingenuity and  revolutionising… Read more »

Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Goals: Fuelling Global Progress

In a world facing significant challenges, the importance of human creativity and innovation cannot be overstated. As highlighted by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we need to find solutions to problems ranging from climate change and diminishing natural resources to widespread inequality and health crises. We need “to re-think how we live, work and… Read more »

EU Design Law Reforms: New Changes to Take Effect in 2024

The EU Parliament has now approved reforms to EU design law, we set out below some of the key changes.   What’s happening? Proposals to amend the law were suggested in November 2022. In December 2023, the provisional law was published and it was adopted by the European Parliament in March 2024. The new Directive… Read more »

University Innovations – Who owns them?

University innovations

Universities have always been sources of innovative ideas as they, provide the infrastructure and environment to encourage research and development. Increasingly, universities are promoting commercialisation of some of those ideas to encourage entrepreneurship and generate revenue.  Many universities have some form of Technology Transfer Office where innovators can seek advice about taking their innovation further… Read more »

Statutory Acquiescence: Court of Appeal’s decision in ICE Southampton v Intelligent Cleaning

In the legal profession, cases act as landmarks that refine our grasp and enactment of law. Each verdict settles individual disputes and also enriches the tapestry of legal precedent. Among such key cases, the recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the clash between Industrial Cleaning Equipment (Southampton) Limited and Intelligent Cleaning Equipment Holdings… Read more »

AA Thornton IP LLP Shortlisted in Managing IP Awards 2024

Managing IP Awards 2024

We’re pleased to announce that AA Thornton IP LLP is shortlisted in three categories at the Managing IP Awards 2024. We also congratulate our partner Mike Jennings for his nomination as Patent Practitioner of the Year. Our firm is recognised for: UK Patent Disputes UK Trade Mark Disputes UK Patent Practitioner of the Year –… Read more »