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Covid-19 Outbreak – SH&P Response

The global coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) is having an impact on us all to a certain degree. SH&P is committed to maintaining the health and welfare of its staff and to minimising any disruption of our services. The UK Government moved from a state of containment to one of delay and we are now in the midst of a “lockdown”. The Government’s official approach and guidance to individuals and businesses will evolve rapidly over the coming weeks. SH&P will continue to follow this advice and we have also taken our own measures to mitigate the effect of the virus on our staff and clients alike.

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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…

IPEC Fines Scam IP Agency £500,000

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has handed out a fine of £500,000 to an agency that has been contacting trade mark owners, and leading them to believe that it was the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO).  The agency, which called itself ‘The Intellectual Property Agency’, was found guilty of passing off and of trade mark infringement.  The fine is the maximum that can be handed out by the IPEC. Overcharging Trade Mark Owners The scam involved contacting trade mark…

Launchpad Competition For Young British Inventors

The Launchpad competition, organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), has been won by the inventor of an inflatable incubator.  The winner receives £15000, together with mentoring and support from the RAE’s Enterprise Hub. Inflatable Incubator  James Roberts is a 23-year old product design student at Loughborough University.  His inflatable incubator is low-cost and is designed for use in developing countries, where lack of suitable facilities means babies who could survive often do not. Invention Flourishing in the UK…

Increase in UK Trade Mark Applications

Figures published by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) show that it received nearly 55000 trade mark applications in 2014; an increase of more than 8% on 2013, and of almost 25% since 2012. The Top Applicants The following companies were the top ten filers of trade mark applications in the UK in 2014:- Glaxo Group (UK) British American Tobacco  (US) BVIPR  (UK) Aldi Stores (UK) Unilever (UK) British American Tobacco (UK) Asda Stores (UK) Akzo Nobel Coatings International BV…

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