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Category: Inventions & Innovations

Lockdown inspires inventors in the UK

Patent attorneys in the UK are reporting a significant increase in requests for advice and assistance in protecting new inventions over recent months.  This is being attributed by some to the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown in the UK and it seems likely that there are several possible reasons for the apparent surge in inventive activity:- a)  The lockdown has resulted in a large number of people working from home, many of them doing so for the first time.  It is therefore…

Understanding the importance of IP

Your most valuable asset  Every business is affected by IP to a greater or lesser extent. Although intangible, IP is often the most valuable asset of a company or business, sometimes making up over 80% of the balance sheet. IP creates a trading advantage and sets your business apart from competitors. Protect your hard work and abolish future hassle By protecting IP rights, you can prevent competitors from piggy backing on your hard work and innovation. Securing adequate protection to…

Inventors Shine at European Patent Office Inventor Awards

Bright ideas from inventors across Europe were recognised at the European Patent Office Inventor Awards 2016 recently.  Teams from Germany, Denmark and France were among those recognised for their innovation, alongside a US winner in the Non-European countries category. Celebrating 10 years of Innovation The Awards, which began in 2006, recognise both individuals and teams of inventors whose work seeks to solve significant issues.  An independent panel of judges representing science, academia, business and research examine each entry across a…

US Patent for Wright Brothers’ ‘Flying Machine’ Rediscovered

US Patent No. 821,393 was granted to the pioneering brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, 110 years ago; and disappeared after being loaned to the Smithsonian Museum by the US National Archives in 1980.  Now, all these years later, it has been rediscovered in a limestone cave in Kansas. Original Patent Paperwork The paperwork shows that the Wright brothers were canny as well as inventive: the patent application was filed nine months before their ‘flying machine’ had even been successfully airborne.…

Indian Patent Office Proposes Streamlining Examination Procedure

New rules proposed by the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry are designed to streamline the examination procedure for patent applications at the Indian Patent Office.  The proposed new rules went out to public consultation in November 2015, with changes expected to come into force during 2016. Shorter Period for Putting Application in Order for Grant The most important changes contained in the draft Patents (Amendment) Rules 2015 are those to the examination procedure, with a focus on reducing the…

IBM is Leading US Patent Recipient

US technology company IBM has announced that it received the most patents in the USA in 2015, a position it has achieved for 23 years in a row.  The company was granted 7,355 patents across the year, covering a wide range of technological developments, particularly in the emerging areas of cognitive computing and cloud technology. Sustained Patent Leadership To retain a leading position ahead of serious competitors such as Apple and Google is a significant achievement and, in a statement…

Record Numbers of Patent and Trade Mark Applications in 2014

A recent report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says that the number of patent and trade mark applications around the globe reached a new record in 2014.  Patent applications increased by 4.5% from the previous year, while trade mark applications rose by 6% over the same period. Top Jurisdictions According to the report, the largest number of applications was filed in China, which saw over 900,000 patent applications alone over the year – an increase of 12.5%.  The…

Robotics and 3D Printing Patents Dominated by Japan and the US

A recent report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) shows that Japan and the US are at the head of the group of nations leading the way in 3D printing and other breakthrough technologies.  The report, ‘World Intellectual Property Report 2015: Breakthrough Innovation and Economic Growth’, examines three current innovative technologies against a background of 200 years of technological innovation. IP Growth in New Technologies The three technologies considered by the report are: 3D printing, nanotechnology and robotics.  In…

SH&P Client wins Horners Award for Innovation

In a strong field of entries, SH&P client Guardian Maritime Limited was recently awarded the prestigious Horners Award for innovation in plastics design and manufacture.  The award, which is given jointly by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and the Worshipful Company of Horners was awarded to Guardian Maritime Limited for the Guardian™ anti-piracy barrier. Teresa Stevens, the inventor of the Guardian™ anti-piracy barrier, received the award earlier this month in a glittering ceremony at Mansion House.        Securing…

Canadian Company Invents Space Elevator

A Canadian technology company has been granted a US patent for an innovative system of sending people and equipment into space, making the whole process of getting into space much more efficient and potentially safer. Thoth Technology has designed a ‘space elevator’ which reaches 12.4 miles into the sky, allowing the top to sit in the stratosphere.  From here, rockets could be launched in a single-stage process; and even return to the tower for refuelling. Inflatable Components A fully functioning…

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