A template is a file that serves as a starting point for a new document. When one opens a template, it is pre-formatted in some way to guide the user.
One simple yet effective way to build a level of discipline into the invention capture process is to define a standard template for inventive ideas and insist it is taken into use. It is worth defining the inventive ideas template with carefully considered fields and guidance tips, which meet the needs of your invention capture process. This will help the inventor community understand what is expected of them. It also ensures inventive ideas are captured in a consistent manner.
If the idea is of potential value and is patentable, then the inventor should complete such an inventive ideas template. Completing the template should be considered as the first step in the patent creation process but it does not constitute the filing of the patent application.
The template should be completed for each discovery or inventive idea that has some potential commercial value or represents a breakthrough in technology. (more…)
Easter is upon us and across the land thousands of children are planning on celebrating the story of the Resurrection by stuffing themselves full of chocolate. (Those of you idly wondering what the Easter Bunny has to do with the Resurrection of Jesus are cordially pointed to this explanation!)
IPcopy thought we’d take this opportunity to see what kind of Easter related IP we could find…
US Design Patent USD703277 discloses a set of toy bunny Easter egg ears. Of note however is the downright sinister bunny depicted in the drawings (see for yourself below). My 9 year-old son saw this picture and declared “he looks like he wants to kill someone”. Possibly not the angle the draftsman was aiming for… (more…)
Following the publication of the EU Trade Mark Directive and Community Trade Mark (CTM) Regulations Regulation (EU) No 2015/2424 (the Amending Regulation), CTM practice is set for a number of important changes.
The initial changes come into effect on 23 March 2016, with further changes to follow. We highlight below the key points which we think you should be aware of: (more…)
If an organization is only concerned with handling a few creative / innovative ideas from time to time, then one can probably stay with some handcrafted approach for capturing these ideas, analyzing them and determining what to do with such ideas (file a patent application, keep as a trade secret, publish, etc.). However, as volumes increase, then it is much better to deploy some robust ideas capture, analysis and review process underpinned by a fit for purpose system. This paper looks at how such organizations should run efficient and effective review meetings. (more…)
By its very nature, there are both rewards and risks associated with intellectual property (IP). Risk is the chance of something going wrong, and the danger that damage or loss will occur. Risk management is the process of analyzing exposure to risk and determining how best to then handle such exposure.
Of course, not all IP risks are the same and they may be broken down into a variety of different categories. One such category is ‘origin’ namely identifying from where the IP related risk comes. (more…)
Preparatory Committee – the next meeting for the Prep Committee is scheduled for this month and the agenda is scheduled to cover some significant items including: judicial salaries, Registry rules, arbitration and the final proposal for the court fees. (Will there be any changes to the level of the opt-out fee? It will be interesting to see the updated proposal in due course.) The Rules of Procedure will require some minor tweaking to incorporate the court fees and also admin errors in the opt-out process and the Rules are due to come before the Prep Committee in April. (more…)
It has been truly humbling, and deeply comforting, to have been inundated with so many lovely messages since we announced the passing of our beloved friend and colleague David Keltie. We appreciate each and every kind word.
A service in celebration of David’s wonderful life will take place in Southwark Cathedral at 3:30pm on Thursday 10 March. The service will be followed by a drinks reception.
As space and therefore numbers will be limited, we ask those who would like to attend to let us know as soon as possible please, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details of the event will be emailed to attendees in due course.
We look forward to sharing happy memories of David with the many people who loved him.
In his final weeks, David was cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, London. Donations in David’s memory will help the Hospice to continue its wonderful work.
“I want to create something amazing” isn’t a phrase that one expects to hear from an equity partner in an IP firm approaching his fiftieth birthday. But David Keltie loathed the idea of accumulating money simply to retire. His motto was that the older you get, the more risks you should take.
We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved friend and colleague David Keltie passed away on 6 January 2016 after a long illness, so bravely borne. May he rest in peace.
Donations in David’s memory may be made to the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, London.