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Did the “inventor” of the fidget spinner really miss out on a fortune?

SpinnerFidget devices are everywhere. My own kids have somehow acquired at least two variants including the fidget cube and the fidget spinner. Recently the explosion in popularity of these toys has been accompanied by a series of news articles (The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The New York Times) focusing on the inventor of the spinner,  Catherine A. Hettinger, a small time inventor who, as the story goes, missed out on a huge payday because she couldn’t afford the renewal fee on her patent for the spinner toy.

This story seems to have caught the imagination of the public (or at least the press) with its story of the lone inventor who was cut off from the success that followed.

Only, it seems to IPcopy that this story is misleading, “fake news” to use the terminology of the moment, since the patent arguably doesn’t cover the fidget spinner device and would not have lasted this long under any circumstances…. (more…)

Two Keltie events for London Tech Week 2017

LTW_728x90London Tech Week, a week long festival of events in London showcasing the best of tech, returns this summer (12-16 June) and Keltie is again taking part with two separate events.

1)  Surviving the Valley of Death – and having a good business afterwards

On 13th June Keltie will be co-hosting a seminar focusing on the legal, IP and finance challenges facing start-up companies. We’re delighted to be presenting this seminar with experts from Moore Blatch (legal service provider to the tech sector), Newable (startup business advice)  and Seraphim Capital (a UK based venture capital firm). Our seminar listing (see link below) has full details of the event including how to book and firm and speaker biographies.

Link to Seminar listing

 2)  Intellectual Property Clinics: protecting your inventions, branding and designs

We will also be running a series of IP clinics again which are the perfect opportunity for start-ups and entrepreneurs wanting to discuss the protection of their inventions, trade marks and designs.

Each clinic session lasts 45 minutes. Our clinic listing (see below) has full details including how to book (Note: booking essential). IP clinics are available anytime from now until 16th June.

Link to IP Clinics listing

Franchising

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Swarovski rank in the top 50 franchises in Europe*

This post provides an overview of the recent seminar: Franchising presented by Jas Cheema of Moore Blatch LLP.

 

The seminar aimed to give an overview of franchising and in particular current trends in franchising growth, importance of developing a brand and demonstrating a proven business model and key issues to be aware of when entering into a franchise agreement. (more…)

Start Ups… are about Structures, Money and People

By getting things right at the beginning, a Start Up can facilitate growth at a faster pace and be ready for the bigger challenges and hurdles coming down the line. (more…)

Scam invoices – domain name renewal

DSC03616-BWe’ve previously written about the problem of scam invoices in which UK, European and other IP rights holders receive invoices inviting them to pay for the publication of their IP right in some official sounding register. Variations of the scam involve offers to renew IP rights or even apply for IP rights. Previous IPcopy articles can be found here and all the main IPOs have their own sections which keep tabs on the latest examples of such scams (UKIPO, EPO, EUIPO, WIPO).

A more recent example of such scams is one in which the target is invited to buy domain names. According to the UKIPO the initial contact is a telephone call from an organisation that says they are the “Trade Marks Intellectual Property Office”. (more…)

Intellectual Property Clinics: Protecting your inventions, branding & designs (Free event)

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Keltie will be offering face-to-face clinic sessions (free of charge) for startups and entrepreneurs to discuss protection of inventions, branding and designs. If you have a new idea/invention and you’re not sure how it can be protected or if you’ve designed your product and want to launch to market, or if you’re branding (or re-branding) your company and are looking for advice, then book on to one of our clinic sessions for a free, no obligation chat with one of our patent, trade mark or design attorneys.

To attend an IP clinic please either email Marketing@keltie.com or call 0207 329 8888 to arrange a mutually convenient time.

We are able to arrange clinic sessions during London Tech Week (12-16 June 2017) and also at any convenient time in the weeks leading up to London Tech Week.

Please note that BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. We cannot accept drop in visitors to our IP clinics as space is limited.

To return to Keltie’s London Tech Week Listing – click here.

Isn’t it ironic? (Playboy in the IPEC – case review)

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One of the many many Playboy trade marks… (UK00002355569)

THE CLAIMANT in this case, Michael Ross, applied to register the domain name “playboy.london” on 27th August 2014. The Defendant, Playboy Enterprises International, Inc (PEI), wrote to Ross on 21st October 2014 complaining of this registration. In his reply, Ross denied that he had registered the domain name in bad faith and refused to transfer the domain name. As a consequence, PEI submitted a successful complaint under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) seeking that the domain name be transferred.

Ross sought declarations and relief at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) on the basis that: (a) he had not infringed PEI’s trade marks or passed off any goods or services as those of PEI; (b) he was entitled to keep the domain name; and (c) the threats in the letter of 21st October were unjustifiable. (more…)

Brexit through the Lens of IP Law

brexit-1481028_1920According to the Government’s White Paper on exiting the EU, the 65 million people of the UK are now willing the Government to make the negotiations happen (see PM’s Foreword, paragraph 4). I must have missed my reprogramming session as I’m still waiting for reality to snap back to normal….

However, even if we are now all on board the Brexit Bus, next stop the cliff edge followed swiftly by the foot of the cliff, it’s still good to see a well researched article on the impacts of Brexit on the IP sphere. The world has, of course, been awash with Brexit News Bulletins ever since the result came in but the latest addition,  The Legal Consequences of Brexit through the Lens of IP Law, comes with a sterling pedigree, namely Richard Arnold (a judge at the High Court), Lionel Bentley (University of Cambridge), Graeme Dinwoodie (University of Oxford) and Estelle Derclaye (University of Nottingham). (more…)

Innovation & Entrepreneurship START! Challenge hosted by the Imperial College Business School’s Enterprise Lab

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HackScience presented with their prize by Dr Markus Perkmann (left) and Bruno Cotta (right)

IPcopy welcomes Monica Patel back to the blog today with a report on the recent I&E START! Challenge Final 2016 at Imperial College’s Business School in which three finalists pitched their business to a panel of investors and competed for a £10,000 prize.

As I walked into the room, I couldn’t help but feel like I was entering the Dragons’ Den (despite the fact that I was in a brightly-coloured lecture theatre at Imperial College’s Business School). Sat behind the three “Dragons”, I had front row seats to the final round of the I&E START! Challenge, hosted by Imperial College Business School’s Enterprise Lab.

The top three teams of the competition, whittled down from a total of eight teams, were each about to deliver their pitch to a panel of judges. Evaluated on market opportunity, product feasibility and plans for growth, the winning team was to be presented with a prize of £10,000 to further develop their business venture. (more…)

Protected Food Name status and Brexit: the considerations and implications

brexit-1481028_1920Today on IPcopy we have a guest post from Nicola McNeely of Capital Law. This post has been reproduced with the permission of the author.

The European Protected Food Name (EUPFN) Scheme provides important protection to many household brands across the UK, including several in Wales. Post Brexit, there will be some negotiating to do to ensure that this protection is upheld – and that it continues to be available. But why is EUPFN status is so important – and why does it need to be firmly on the negotiating agenda for Wales?  (more…)