World IP Day 2021: IP and SMEs – taking your ideas to market

Every April 26th WIPO hosts a celebration for World IP Day to learn about the role that IP rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. Every business starts with an idea. In fact, all the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the market today have started from an idea which was expanded upon and taken [...]

2021-04-12T12:58:03+00:00April 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund

We would like to draw attention to the Ideas Powered for Business Fund which is a European Commission initiative implemented by the EUIPO to financially support European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and help them access their intellectual property rights. There are two elements to the fund. Beneficiaries can get 50% off the basic application [...]

2021-03-11T17:21:26+00:00March 10th, 2021|News|

What you need to know about Patent Infringement

Last week we looked at Trade Mark Infringements, what they were and what you should do to avoid them or deal with them. This week we are going to discuss Patent Infringement, to help you understand what is and how to avoid it. Patent Infringement typically refers to the commission of a prohibited act in [...]

2021-02-25T09:46:47+00:00February 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|

What you need to know about Trade Mark Infringement

Trade mark infringement can be loosely defined as the unauthorised use of a registered trade mark by any third party in the course of trade. In fact, the purpose of a trade mark registration is to provide the owner with a monopoly right in a sign used by them to distinguish their goods or services [...]

2021-02-17T12:27:50+00:00February 17th, 2021|News, Publications|

5 Steps to Protecting Your Brand on Social Media

Social media has provided us with a platform for creativity and promotional activity readily available to all users where the content is infinite. Brand-owners have taken this as an opportunity to gain visibility and connect with their audiences or consumers through social media. However, while this increased online presence is considered to be every brand [...]

2021-02-03T13:55:11+00:00February 2nd, 2021|News|

6 steps to building your IP strategy

Have you made your business New Year resolutions? Have you finalised your business goals for 2021 and have you included an IP Strategy as part of these goals? Intellectual Property is an integral component of any successful business and includes a company’s patents, trade marks, designs, copyrights and trade secrets. An Intellectual Property Strategy is [...]

2021-01-21T12:17:13+00:00January 6th, 2021|News|

Christmas – the Uncle of invention?

Listening to thought for the day on BBC Radio 2, the speaker spoke about the ban on the celebration of Christmas in 17th century England and how mince pies, which were apparently once shaped like, and the size of, cribs were transformed into the small versions we know and love today, making them easier to [...]

2020-12-09T11:00:39+00:00December 8th, 2020|News|

Northern Ireland and Exhaustion of Rights

Due to the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland is in the unique position of having access to both the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) markets, but is our access to the EU market as “unfettered“ as some may suggest? Current goods placed on the market anywhere in the United Kingdom [...]

2020-12-03T10:26:59+00:00December 2nd, 2020|News|
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