Category Archives: Invention

“We’re in the Middle of an Innovation Strike”

Not my words but NESTA’s though I have used very similar words many times over the last few years. One of the most depressing reports that I have read for a while is “UK Innovation Index: Productivity and Growth in … Continue reading

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Intellectual Property for Start-ups and other Small Businesses

Intellectual property (“IP”) is the collective term for the bundle of rights that protect investment in branding, design, technology, art and literature. Examples of such rights (“IPR”) include patents for inventions, registered trade marks for brands, registered designs for product … Continue reading

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Catapult: Is that really the Sort of Initiative that we need to stimulate Growth?

The TSB proposes to set up a number of centres around the country that will be known as “Catapults” to bridge the gap between the universities and small and medium enterprises in order to stimulate growth and innovation but similar initiatives have been tried before with less than spectacular success. Enterprise and innovation cannot be created by fiat. They occur when certain conditions are met. There were no “Catapults” in 18th century England nor indeed in late 20th century Silicon Valley. Better uses of public money might be infrastructure projects like superfast broadband and maybe more could be done in that regard. Investment in education would also be worthwhile, especially if children were taught maths, programming and North Asian languages. Continue reading

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Licensing Out Your Invention

“I’m an inventor, me, not a businessmen. I’m quite happy to let someone else work my patent just so long as we share the proceeds 50/50.” Barely a day goes by without someone saying this to me and I am … Continue reading

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NIPC Inventors’ Club: Autumn Newsletter 2010

NIPC Inventors Club is a club for private inventors. I define private inventors for these purposes as inventors who are not employed in a research and development capacity. That’s to say, folk like Trevor Baylis, Mandy Haberman and James Dyson. … Continue reading

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NIPC now has Life Sciences Capability

I am delighted to welcome back to chambers my old pupil Dr. Alex Khan. Alex is a life sciences man. His doctoral research was in haematology at Birmingham University Medical School. He also holds a master’s from UMIST and a … Continue reading

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Hearing Officer sits in Manchester

I mention Wragg v Donnelly BL O/280/10 9 Aug 2010 not because I was in the case or even because I won but because it is to the first time in my 30 years at the intellectual property bar that a hearing officer has sat in Manchester. Continue reading

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TED Themes of Invention

TED stands for technology, engineering and design. It describes itself as “a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” The means by which the foundation spreads the ideas are conferences in various parts of the world, videos of the presentations … Continue reading

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