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European Patent Attorney Gérard Giraud joins Scintilla

We are pleased to announce the recruitment of an electronics and physics specialist European Patent Attorney to help further expand the firm.  Gérard Giraud is based in Glasgow and has joined us after having trained with two large IP firms where he gained significant experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to telecommunication systems, […]

Posted in Milestones | Posted by Pete |

Unitary Patent Renewal Fees

The respected IPKat blog has recently published a post with information about renewal fees for the upcoming unitary patent.  These proposals have reportedly been submitted by the President of the EPO to the Select Committee of the Administrative Council for their opinion.   The Unitary Patent   As a recap, the EU agreed a unitary […]

Posted in EPO, EU, Patent Rule Changes, Patents, Strategy | Posted by Pete |

Dealing with US Patent Examiners

  The inspiration for this blog comes from the informative Patently-O, which recently carried a post regarding the subject of “broadest reasonable interpretation” of claims in patents in the US.   In the specific case being commented on, a patent application had a claim that included a “wireless communication module”. The USPTO argued that the […]

Posted in Patents, US | Posted by Pete |

International Patent Applications (PCT) – Setting the Foundation for your IP Protection

International Patent Applications   The International Patent Application is a great system for obtaining cost effective patent protection worldwide. Because it offers applicants the opportunity to keep their options open for a relatively long time (30 months from an original filing date), it is a popular choice for early stage companies or for new products […]

Posted in Patents, PCT, Strategy | Posted by Pete |

Patent Trolls – an alternative solution?

One of the most vexing issues of the patent system at the moment is that of “patent trolls”, or “non-practising entities”. This term refers to companies that acquire patents and use them as leverage to extract licence fees from operating companies. The “trolls” themselves to not produce any goods or offer any services.   In […]

Posted in Patents, Strategy | Posted by Pete |

LINC Corporate Partnership

  We are delighted to announce that we are now corporate partners with LINC Scotland, the national association for business angels in Scotland.  LINC’s membership includes many active individual investors and most of the main angel groups or syndicates.   Scotland is a great place for starting up and growing businesses.  There is a wide […]

Posted in Entrepeneurship, Investment, Strategy | Posted by Pete |

European Patents will soon be extended to Tunisia

The European Patent Organisation has made an agreement with the Tunisian government that will allow European patent applicants and proprietors to validate the legal effects of their European patents and applications on Tunisian territory, even though Tunisia is not an EPO member state.   Validated European patent applications and patents will have the same legal […]

Posted in EPO, Patent Rule Changes, Patents | Posted by Pete |

Alice vs CLS Bank – US Supreme Court Rules on Software Patents

The US Supreme Court recently handed down its eagerly awaited judgment in the case of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. Vs CLS Bank International et al.   The question at issue was how to define which subject matter is eligible for patent protection, in particular in the context of the computer implementation of otherwise abstract ideas. […]

Posted in Patents, software patents, US | Posted by Pete |

Inventive Step is not Black and White

Amazon has recently received publicity for a US patent it was granted, covering a way of taking a photograph against a white background.  The patent has been the subject of much ridicule, so I thought it would be interesting to check it out.   Amazon’s Patent   Patent US 8,676,045 was granted on 18 March […]

Posted in Inventive Step, Patents, US | Posted by Pete |

Intellectual Property Bill passes through parliament

Last week highlighted the importance of intangible assets in the UK economy and showed the wheels of democracy slowly turning to improve protection of your intellectual assets.   Government figures published on 31 March show that UK investment in intangible assets now totals £137.5 billion and nearly half of this investment, £65.6 billion, was protected […]

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