Intellectual Property

Solar paint: How to generate energy from any object under the sun

This article is part of an ongoing State of Innovation series exploring global inventions and innovation trends in 12 key industries.  Download the State of Innovation report on the Semiconductor industry now, or download the full 2017 report here. Earlier this year, for the first time in 135 years since the Industrial Revolution, the UK […]

Exhibiting Letters and Copyright

Recently, the Amsterdam appeal court ruled in the appeal case between the Dutch Anne Frank Stichting (AFS) against the Swiss based Anne Frank Fonds (AFF). AFS had acquired three letters from Otto Frank and had put these letters on display at their exhibition. AFF owns the copyrights to all works by Otto Frank and was […]

Intro to IP and Blockchain: A Primer

2017 was a phenomenal year for Blockchain. This emerging technology moved from early-stage research and development in small, leading-edge, early adopter circles to mainstream, ubiquitous chatter. It seems everyone has heard of Blockchain and its cryptocurrency progeny, Bitcoin. So, naturally, the mainstream began asking, what IS it? The reason for the fervor was likely the […]

Accurately determining patent expiration dates: Why it’s harder than you may think

Patents are expensive.  Patents are important.  You might think, therefore, that it would be easy to determine how long a patent lasts, right? Sadly, you’d be wrong. In the past, it was pretty easy:  The first US patent was granted 227 years ago today, on July 31, 1790. It had a “term not exceeding fourteen years” as can be plainly seen at 1 Stat. […]

Manuka honey trademark dispute escalates into sticky situation

Many food and drink producers take pride in the local heritage of their products. Whether it’s red wine produced in the Chianti region of Italy or single malt whisky produced in Islay, Scotland, the cultural identity of such products forms a large part of their overall appeal. One such item with distinctly antipodean roots is […]

Immunotherapy – a promising weapon in the war on cancer

This article is part of an ongoing State of Innovation series exploring global inventions and innovation trends in 12 key industries.  Download the State of Innovation report on the Biotechnology industry now, or download the full 2017 report here.   In 2012, there were an estimated 14.1 million new cases of cancer and 8.2 million […]

Protecting Your Domain Assets

The domain industry is a fast paced, fluid environment that is constantly evolving. Security breaches, social engineering attacks and phishing schemes continue to be on the rise and are becoming more sophisticated. Brand holders need to ensure they are taking all necessary precautions to protect one of their most valuable assets—their domains. One of the […]

Transformational technology – a look at the virtual reality patent landscape

Virtual reality is probably best known amongst the gaming community, but its roots can be traced back to the military which was an early adopter for training purposes such as flight simulation or simulated combat situations. Beyond gaming and military applications, other uses abound. Virtual reality is being used to design cars and buildings, for […]

Chinese dual filings are now linked within DWPI families

A long-requested enhancement to the Derwent World Patents Index has been implemented this week – the handling of Chinese dual filings. This is an important development which will mean more efficient and accurate prior art, infringement/invalidity and freedom to operate searching for those seeking to protect and/or practice their inventions in China. So what are […]

Building a Sustainable Future: Spotlight on innovation at Thailand’s SCG

Founded in 1913, Siam Cement diversified under the name of SCG to meet the needs of Thailand’s growing economy, and established itself as Thailand’s largest manufacturing conglomerate with three strong core businesses: SCG Cement- Building Materials, SCG Chemicals, and SCG Paper. In 2014, SCG was classified by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as the […]