February 2014

It’s all Greek to me!… But is it?

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Early this year The Court of Appeal made its decision in the Greek yoghurt case between Fage and Chobani. Where, in short, it considered whether the term “Greek yoghurt” meant yoghurt that was made in Greece. Fage is a Greek manufacturer of yoghurt.  They have sold “Greek yoghurt” in the UK for many years and enjoyed a 95% market share. Chobani is ...

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Chemical Patent Searching – SureChem

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A large database of chemical patents has been made publicly available for searching and at no charge to the user. The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) has taken over the running of a database previously run by the firm SureChem, which has since closed down their operation in this area. Using the database at www.surechembl.org, or via the EBI website, chemists can now ...

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How do we, the UK compare?

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The number of patents filed at the European Patent Office rose in 2013 in spite of recent rule changes limiting the filing of divisional applications.  This is now the fourth year in a row, in which the number has increased, despite much of the world’s economy going through a difficult period.  Compared with 2012, there was an increase of 2.8% ...

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Summly: How a simple idea became $30million!

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In this blog post for ip21 I will be looking at the journey of Nick D’Aloisio, a famous success story from the world of tech start-ups who managed to invent, protect, raise investment for, develop and then ultimately sell his ‘Summly’ application all before his 18th birthday! Summly is a news summarisation service that analyses stories from a number of sources ...

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“I only have to change one small feature to get round a patent…”

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“I only have to change one small feature to get round a patent…” That myth (and it is a myth) has cost a good many people a great deal of money over the years. Yet people persist in repeating it. They have no idea how patents are put together and what their legal effect can be. Patents cover industrial products and processes but ...

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