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”.
Designs protect the way things look. There are different types of protection available for designs. Registered design rights are offered at the IPO but there are also unregistered rights and European design rights.
When are Prada, Gucci and Armani going to try their arts on the wheelchair? Creating from the front wheels to the backrest, a glorious fashion statement, rather than an unavoidable announcement of medical need?
It’s a question that we often ask as part of the IPO’s outreach team and it’s not always easy to answer.
January was an exciting month for the British Library. We launched Living Knowledge, a new vision setting out our strategy to guide us towards our 50 year anniversary in 2023.
For mediators, the job is an exercise in rescue, to rescue people from the courts and sometimes from themselves.
The PatLib UK network consists of 15 information centres (mainly libraries).
If you want to see great British architecture – go away. Huge dollops of UK based design skills, set in concrete and framed in steel, dominate the skylines of the world’s great cities.
When I started working in IP, I was amazed how little I’d thought about inventions and new ideas.
Many innovations today are simple adaptations of everyday items or concepts. Once imagined, they change our lives and simplify problems overnight.
We all know that when running a business, there are a whole host of procedures and requirements that you need to remember and adhere to.