China’s intellectual property (IP) landscape is changing rapidly. In my role as Director of International Policy at the IPO I have watched these changes first hand.
It is Glastonbury Festival time again kids. We all have our favourite bands and artists. But are we buying into the band, the music or the brand?
As I watch my kids look for their lost tennis ball in the hedge, I am suddenly reminded that it will soon be time for Wimbledon.
I have an old car, a 1993 MX5 to be precise. I only use it in the summer months, when I can drop the hood and feel the wind in my hair (yes I still have some hair).
Unilever CEO Paul Polman famously said, when confronted with the statistic that half the people in the world have lost trust with big business, “we have an issue”. Trust is at the heart of Polman’s message.
It’s quite disappointing when reading an article in the press that I see “Mr X has applied to patent his name” or “last year 3000 inventions were copyrighted in the UK”.
It is all his grandmother’s fault. There’s a Star Wars quality to the sight of half a dozen of his Tentsile tree tents floating mid-air in the woods.
Patent pending is a term that you will often hear on programmes like Dragons' Den or The Apprentice. It occurs when inventors and entrepreneurs are talking to potential investors or collaborators.
‘A is for armoured train’ is the first sentence in the first ever Ladybird book. It was published 100 years ago.