If like me, you are unfamiliar with self service tills, this is something you will hear quite often. As you stand peering at a check out screen with a queue of vexed customers looking over your shoulder.
Patents protect the features and process that make things work. A patent can only be granted for something that is new and inventive. A patent has to be renewed every year but can last for up to 20 years.
The PatLib UK network consists of 15 information centres (mainly libraries).
Many innovations today are simple adaptations of everyday items or concepts. Once imagined, they change our lives and simplify problems overnight.
From the perspective of an outsider – which is what I was 5 years ago – the world’s patents system looks on the face of it rather strange – critics might even say dysfunctional.
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.
A family tradition of Christmas surfing in Croyde bay in Devon got me thinking about how improvements to the original rubber wetsuit are potentially patentable.
In a recent survey 89% of accountants told us they thought it was important to gain a better understanding of intellectual property (IP).
I recently attended an event which brought together expertise from different sectors to give their views and insights on the UPC and UP.
For inventor Richard Ayre an idea that was hatched almost 20 years ago, out in Pembrokeshire's St Bride's Bay, is beginning to bear fruit.
Demand for our patent services is higher than ever.