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Author: Bob Barnes

Inventors Shine at European Patent Office Inventor Awards

Bright ideas from inventors across Europe were recognised at the European Patent Office Inventor Awards 2016 recently.  Teams from Germany, Denmark and France were among those recognised for their innovation, alongside a US winner in the Non-European countries category. Celebrating 10 years of Innovation The Awards, which began in 2006, recognise both individuals and teams of inventors whose work seeks to solve significant issues.  An independent panel of judges representing science, academia, business and research examine each entry across a…

EU Exit and your European Intellectual Property Rights

As you will be aware following a National referendum the UK has voted to leave the European Union.  This will have a significant impact on UK business practices and legislation including intellectual property. Whilst change is inevitable in the longer term, for the time being it is business as usual for UK Plc.  The UK will only cease to be a member of the EU once Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked and subsequent withdrawal negotiations are concluded. …

US Patent for Wright Brothers’ ‘Flying Machine’ Rediscovered

US Patent No. 821,393 was granted to the pioneering brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, 110 years ago; and disappeared after being loaned to the Smithsonian Museum by the US National Archives in 1980.  Now, all these years later, it has been rediscovered in a limestone cave in Kansas. Original Patent Paperwork The paperwork shows that the Wright brothers were canny as well as inventive: the patent application was filed nine months before their ‘flying machine’ had even been successfully airborne.…

EU General Court Refuses Trade Mark Registration for Plain Coca-Cola Bottle

The General Court of the European Union has recently affirmed a decision by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), formerly known as the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), to refuse soft-drinks giant Coca-Cola’s application for a European Union trade mark registration for the three-dimensional shape of a bottle.  The company applied for the trade mark in 2011, and it was first rejected in 2013. Bottle Lacks Distinctive Character The bottle shape submitted for trade mark protection…

Trunki Loses in Supreme Court – UKIPO to Update Design Guidance

A Supreme Court ruling against a company based in Bristol has prompted the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to update its guidance for designers. The case in question started in 2013 when Magmatic Limited (Magmatic), the company which produces the Trunki animal-styled ride-on suitcases for children, sued PMS International Group plc (PMS) for infringement of its European Community design registration.  The English High Court initially found for Magmatic, but an appeal by PMS was upheld by the Court of Appeal. …

Indian Patent Office Proposes Streamlining Examination Procedure

New rules proposed by the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry are designed to streamline the examination procedure for patent applications at the Indian Patent Office.  The proposed new rules went out to public consultation in November 2015, with changes expected to come into force during 2016. Shorter Period for Putting Application in Order for Grant The most important changes contained in the draft Patents (Amendment) Rules 2015 are those to the examination procedure, with a focus on reducing the…

IBM is Leading US Patent Recipient

US technology company IBM has announced that it received the most patents in the USA in 2015, a position it has achieved for 23 years in a row.  The company was granted 7,355 patents across the year, covering a wide range of technological developments, particularly in the emerging areas of cognitive computing and cloud technology. Sustained Patent Leadership To retain a leading position ahead of serious competitors such as Apple and Google is a significant achievement and, in a statement…

Record Numbers of Patent and Trade Mark Applications in 2014

A recent report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says that the number of patent and trade mark applications around the globe reached a new record in 2014.  Patent applications increased by 4.5% from the previous year, while trade mark applications rose by 6% over the same period. Top Jurisdictions According to the report, the largest number of applications was filed in China, which saw over 900,000 patent applications alone over the year – an increase of 12.5%.  The…

Robotics and 3D Printing Patents Dominated by Japan and the US

A recent report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) shows that Japan and the US are at the head of the group of nations leading the way in 3D printing and other breakthrough technologies.  The report, ‘World Intellectual Property Report 2015: Breakthrough Innovation and Economic Growth’, examines three current innovative technologies against a background of 200 years of technological innovation. IP Growth in New Technologies The three technologies considered by the report are: 3D printing, nanotechnology and robotics.  In…

IPEC Fines Scam IP Agency £500,000

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has handed out a fine of £500,000 to an agency that has been contacting trade mark owners, and leading them to believe that it was the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO).  The agency, which called itself ‘The Intellectual Property Agency’, was found guilty of passing off and of trade mark infringement.  The fine is the maximum that can be handed out by the IPEC. Overcharging Trade Mark Owners The scam involved contacting trade mark…

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