Patent Loopy

OR: Topping up knowledge of European Patent strategies     I’ll happily get absorbed in any sport but one which I enjoy is snooker, as well as the related sports of pool and billiards.   When you are learning to play snooker, the first basic skill you need to learn is how to pot the balls. […]

Posted in EPO, Patents, Strategy, Tricks of the Trade | Posted by Pete |

Let’s not panic about Brexit

So, it looks like the UK has voted to leave the EU.   Like other areas, the way that intellectual property (IP) system will be affected has been the subject of much debate and dramatic forecasts from both sides.  However, much more will stay the same than will change, and there is no need for […]

Posted in EPO, EU, Strategy | Posted by Pete |

UK Patent Box Corporation Tax Relief is Changing Soon

The Existing Scheme Runs Only Until the End of June 2016   In April 2013 the UK Government introduced the “Patent Box” tax relief so that corporation tax on profits relating to some patented products could be reduced.  The full effect is still being phased in, but under the current scheme from FY 2017 the […]

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

One step closer to a unitary patent system

  In the last few months a number of decisions taken by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Selected Committee of the Administrative Council of the EPO and the a number EU of member states have taken us one step closer to the completion of a system for unitary patent protection in […]

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

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 |

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 |

Samsung and Google Announce Patent Cross-Licence

Samsung and Google have announced a global patent cross-licensing agreement covering “a broad range of technologies and business areas”.  Samsung’s announcement is lacking in detail and leaves many questions open, but most commentators are focusing on the relevance to Android and the smartphone space, and in particular how this plays out with respect to each […]

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

When is a Patent the Right Choice?

Introduction   Patents are an excellent tool for protecting an invention.  A granted patent gives the right to prevent others from selling, manufacturing or importing a patented product or from using a patented process.   However they are also expensive to obtain and must also be filed before an invention is made public.  They are […]

Posted in Patents, Strategy, Tricks of the Trade | Posted by Pete |