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Information Disclosure Best Practices: Navigating the Risks of IDS Filings

Patent practice is unique in many ways. One such way is that negative information known to those who are substantively involved in the prosecution of a patent application must be disclosed to the patent examiner during patent prosecution. This is accomplished by preparing and filing an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS).  The rule is easy enough […]

Keeping track of global patent data

Innovation is a global phenomenon. Everywhere you look, great ideas to solve problems, both local and global, are being developed into practical and tangible solutions. This investment in innovation resulting in published patents can be tracked and mined to see what technology is being developed where and who is looking to invest in which region. […]

Ten hacks to unlock the value of patent analytics

By Parijat Oak (Associate Director, Intellectual Property Services) and Ed White (Director, Patent Analytics) Patents are a valuable source of technical, market and competitive information. But how do you make sense of the vast and growing volume, with 120 million published patent documents in total and 6.3 million published last year alone? Patent analytics provides […]

Top 100 Global Innovators: The DNA Behind Their Success – top ten takeaways

High-impact innovation drives the discovery of new technologies and life-changing solutions, improving the way we live while benefiting a company’s bottom-line. As a follow-up to the Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators 2018-19 report, we held a webinar featuring notable speakers from Microsoft, Dow, and 3M. The discussion centred around the ways these industry leaders push […]

Shifting the gender balance in STEM: a panel discussion to celebrate IWD

Today in the UK, only 24% of STEM roles are held by women. Improving female STEM representation is not just a social and moral imperative – there are financial benefits as well.  According to a recent report from McKinsey, ‘Delivering Through Diversity’[1], companies in the top-quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 21% more […]

Ten hacks to gain a valuable edge in your patent searches

Patent searching is by no means an exact science. With a plethora of search tools and consulting practices to choose from, there is no “one size fits all” to guarantee the successful capture of all relevant prior art. But if you follow these best practice guidelines, the chances of obtaining more targeted, accurate results will […]

Ten hacks for managing patent translation requirements

The globalization of innovation has led to an increasing need to seek IP protection across international borders. The requirement for accurate and timely translations is a critical part of this process. In this edition of our Ten Hacks series, we reveal some useful tips that could potentially help you to reduce both costs and the […]

International Women’s Day: Shifting the Balance in STEM

International Women’s Day has its origins in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours. Meanwhile, in Germany, Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘women’s office’, suggested having an International Women’s Day and 100 women from 17 countries signed on. The first International Women’s Day was […]

Ten IP department hacks: When you need to achieve more with what you have

Doing more with less is easily said but not as easily done. This is especially true in how IP professionals manage their department and workload.  Whether it’s wringing the most value out of your filing budget, eliminating time-consuming docketing backlogs or fulfilling IDS filings on time, managing an IP practice is full of challenges and […]

Wanted: Dead or alive – the importance of patent legal status information

Patents are a fundamental tool to generate return on investment for a business.  They can be used defensively to prevent others from copying, manufacturing, selling or importing your invention without your permission. Or they can be used strategically in licensing or M&A negotiations as a bargaining tool. But, however they are used, they have no […]