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Patent Markings

We have our first video post today on the subject of marking products with patent numbers. (Note that the video has subtitles.)

This is my first effort at a video post so please be kind!

Mark Richardson 23 January 2019

Olympics 2018: IP at the Ice Hockey

ice-hockey-1084197_1920The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are in full flow and while curling has been winning a new fan in the A-Team’s Mr T (#curlingiscoolfool), IPcopy has been watching the ice hockey. Or, more accurately, our colleague Samantha Walker-Smith was watching the preliminary round match between the USA and Finland. Now, while most of us might be content in marvelling at the skating skill levels on display and mentally comparing those skills to our feeble efforts at the Christmas wonderland ice rink a few weeks ago (…or maybe that was just me), Sam had other things on her mind. In particular, Sam noticed1 that the hockey sticks of the Finnish team were displaying patent markings! (more…)

Intellectual Property Act – Patent Marking using web address

Greenwich Clock - marked with reference to patentee but lacking a patent number

Greenwich Clock – marked with reference to patentee but lacking a patent number

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and makes a number of changes to intellectual property (IP) law in the UK.  The provisions of the Intellectual Property Act start to come into force from 1 October 2014. In this post we take a look at the issue of marking products with patent numbers, how the IP Act is impacting this issue and what the consequences of not clearly marking your products could be.

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Patent Marking on Vintage Recreation Products – Inspired by Gretsch® Guitars

Gretsch for blogYou may not believe it, but in her spare time, this IPCopy writer does occasionally turn to pursuits other than combing through Unitary Patent legislation (no, really). Not so long ago, she was perusing the website of Gretsch® guitars, on the brink of doing some damage to her wallet, and stumbled across something that caught her eye*.

Gretsch® has been around since the 1880s, and started out making banjos and ukuleles, soon progressing to guitars. Today, they  focus on vintage-style guitars,  some being recreations of earlier instruments. Why on earth might you care about this? Well, recreating the appearance of  a vintage instrument is relevant to the important subject of patent marking (no, really).

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The Intellectual Property Bill – Patents

Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

The Intellectual Property Bill is currently making its way through the Houses of Parliament. Announced as part of the Queen’s Speech earlier this month, the Intellectual Property Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords the following day.

The Bill proposes various amendments, particularly regarding designs and makes provisions for the UK to create its Unified Patent Court, in preparation for the ratification of the Unitary Patent Package.

In the first part of a series on the Intellectual Property Bill, IPCopy summarises the main proposals affecting patents. (more…)