The UK’s Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling (Shanks v Unilever Plc and others) ordering the employer of an inventor to pay him £2 million, as a share of the profits it made from an invention he made more than 30 years ago.
Universities have a huge amount to offer businesses in collaborative research and development projects, but who owns the technology?
Jeremy Corbyn used his speech at the Labour Party conference to announce radical policies, some of which involve a controversial area of intellectual property, namely the prices charged by pharmaceutical companies for patented medicines.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was able to continue operating as normal throughout the recent US government shutdown, giving us an insight into how it operates and its contingency planning.
It seems to be generally accepted that the Unified Patent Court (UPC) would be more attractive with the UK involved, but opinion is divided about how possible this is given the practical and political hurdles that exist.
We are often asked "how long will it take to get a patent?". Having a granted patent can be important when trying to attract investors or ward off competitors. Fortunately, there are various ways in the UK and in Europe that allow applicants to accelerate the patent application process.
The theme of the 2020 conference is Sustainable Manufacturing and will discuss strategies for manufacturing products in a way that aims to reduce pollution, energy use and waste, whilst remaining commercially viable.
Although a stay of national proceedings is the ‘default’ position in the UK, the stay was refused in this instance because of the combination of an absolute right of appeal, a minimum of two years to appeal and the potential of the ping pong effect before the EPO.