Category «patent»

Brexit and European Patents

On 23 June 2016, a referendum over the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union returned a vote of “Leave”. There is still no clear sign of what will happen as a result of this vote, but some statements about the future of European and UK patent law can be made. The key question is …

UKIPO sending scary letters to inventors

I have always made it my practice to praise the level of service that the UK Patent Office (or Intellectual Property Office) offer to lone inventors. When an inventor chooses to submit their own patent application, the letters they receive from the IPO are very different from the bland notifications sent to registered patent attorneys. …

How to write a patent description

This is part of a series of articles on the basics of writing a patent specification. The full series covers the description, claims, drawings and abstract. The overview article and starting point is “How to write a patent specification“. The series uses a silly, fictional invention as an example: a rotary cutter for shearing sheep. …

How to write a patent specification

If there is any part of the patent process where you should get good, professional advice, it is in writing the patent specification. It is easy to get wrong and difficult to fix later. That can leave you with a useless patent or no patent at all. But understanding how a specification is written is …

Patents and how to get them

A patent is one form of intellectual property (IP). It turns an intellectual idea into a piece of property that can be bought and sold just like a physical object such as a car or a house. Another person cannot take your car or enter your house without your permission: that would be theft or …