3D printing and intellectual property

While the seemingly thorny 3D printing issue has only reared in the UK in the last few years, the technology itself has been developing steadily since the 1980s. Machines with the ability to print objects came to the attention of mainstream consumers here in the UK and become more of a concern for businesses as…

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When lifehacks pose a problem for intellectual property

We’re all familiar with imitation handbags and dodgy ‘designer’ sunglasses that people might try to sell you while you’re on holiday but there are some common more everyday intellectual property issues out there that you may not have considered to pose an IP problem. You might have come across them under the guise of a…

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Top Ten Christmas Inventions

As a festive treat we have put together a list of exciting and interesting Christmas-related inventions from the last 100 years. All but one of the inventions comes from the US where Christmas seems to inspire some intense innovation. Merry Christmas! 10. US2522020 (1947) Automatic Christmas tree fire extinguisher House fires caused by Christmas trees…

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Part 1 – The Top 50 Brand Names People use as Generic Terms

Many people call items by a name which is widely recognised and is even used across different languages with the same meaning. What the majority don’t realise is that they are often using brand names owned by specific companies rather than their actual generic product name. Here are some popular items in alphabetical order that…

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20 Groundbreaking Inventions from last 100 years

Every year brings new inventions. Some permanently change our lives almost overnight, some take time to become ‘part of the furniture’, and some disappear as soon as they are patented because there was never a real need for them. Over the last century there have been thousands of patented ideas around the world and whilst…

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