Intellectual property and undergraduates

According to statistics from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, a degree can increase the earning potential of graduates in the UK by an estimated £165,000 for men and £250,000 for women over the course of their working lives. So, why do many of the most successful inventors and entrepreneurs of our time leave…

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Should intellectual property be taught in schools?

Years after you’ve left the classroom it’s easy to wonder exactly why you spent valuable lesson time learning about Pythagoras’s theorem or the phases of the moon, though the former is admittedly on occasion useful when it comes to putting up shelves. Alongside academic achievement that propels children on to higher education there is the…

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Bloggers and intellectual property

Often overlooked when it comes to intellectual property matters, as publishers of content and creative ideas, bloggers can come against a world of intellectual property problems both online and off. Frequently the focus is placed on them accidentally infringing copyright – using the photographs of others without permission, publishing copyrighted recipes in full or borrowing…

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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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The UK Intellectual property update: what you need to know

While it’s hardly a case of new law for New Year, intellectual property legislation in the UK did receive an update last autumn and 2015 is the year when we’ll see it being put into practice. With this in mind, we’ve decided to take a little look to the amendments first introduced in October 2014…

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The 3 biggest tech intellectual property law cases of 2014?

There were many huge intellectual property cases in 2014. Some were mammoth due to the sheer size of awards, while others made a mark because of the products and services involved. As we begin to consider the cases that are likely to make the headlines in 2015 we take a little look back at three…

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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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