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Patent Seekers Will Be Exhibiting At The AIPLA 2019 Spring Meeting

Patent Seekers are happy to announce we will be exhibiting at the AIPLA 2019 Spring Meeting taking place May 15th – 17th in Philadelphia.  Exhibiting provides an excellent way to meet with existing and potential customers and discuss our search services, and we look forward to more opportunities to do the same in the next few months. If you are in Philadelphia for AIPLA and wish to arrange a meeting to discuss our services please contact us.

“There is no better place for IP practitioners to explore and experience cutting-edge topics in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets law”. To find out more information about the AIPLA 2019 Spring Meeting please see:

For more information on the services we provide such as: Patentability/ Prior Art, Infringement/FTO/ clearance, Invalidity/Patent Busting or our landscaping/ Mapping services please see:  or for a free quote: .

Patent Landscape of Sports-Related Concussion

Liang Wang (MSc in Environmental and Energy Engineering from Sheffield University), Senior IP Manager at Patent Seekers showcases a ‘Patent Landscape of Sports-Related Concussion’ in the latest issue of The Global IP Matrix to tie in with this year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign – Reach for Gold –taking a closer look inside the world of intellectual property sports.

 “Since 2000 the number of patent filings appears to start to rise in 2010, with a big surge occurring from 2013 onwards; this may be attributed to the beginning of awareness of concussions in sports. The apparent dip in filings in 2017/2018 is most likely explained by applications that have yet to be published and would be claiming those years as a priority. It could be anticipated that the number of concussion- related patent filings will continue to increase in the coming years as to how to prevent sports related- concussion has become a huge topic globally. There have been numerous efforts for prevention and mitigation of sports-related concussion, including the use of protective equipment, improved sports regulations and legislation, concussion education and improved monitoring of concussion.

To read the full article please see Issue 4 of The Global IP Matrix available at:

For more information on the services Liang and the team provide such as: Patentability/ Prior Art, Infringement/FTO/ clearance, Invalidity/Patent Busting or our landscaping/ Mapping services please see: or for a free quote:

International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day we asked one of our clients Gemma Jensen, inventor of the J-Pillow travel pillow and British Invention of the Year Winner, what she would recommend to budding inventors.

“I have been using Patent Seekers for eight years now and feel my non-disclosed inventions are in safe hands!”

Gemma, who in a previous career was a Flight Attendant for Virgin Atlantic, invented the J-Pillow travel pillow after a particularly fraught long-haul flight with her children. Recognising that there was an opportunity to create a pillow that provided a supportive frame and help alleviate the dreaded head drop, she started making a prototype at home. The rest as they say is history!




Intellectual Property USA Roadshow

Patent Seekers will be sponsoring the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys USA Roadshows in April 2019. The topic is Intellectual Property Beyond Brexit.

Click here for further information and to sign up.

Intellectual Property Beyond Brexit


Patent Seekers is proud to announce the opening of our new office in Toronto today. Patent Seekers Research Inc. will be better placed to serve our clients in North America. For more information check out our video and contact us at


At De Vere Tortworth Court, Tortworth, UK

Patent Seekers Director Timothy Parry, Business & Finance Manager Kathryn Parry and IP Manager Geraint James having a great time at the CIPA Life Sciences Conference 2018! If you haven’t had a chance to talk to us yet be sure to pop over to our stand.

Topics on discussion at this year’s conference include:

  • Recent Changes at the EPO
  • Diagnostic and IP
  • Canadian Life Sciences Patent Practice: A Goose-Eye View

The full conference schedule can be found here.



The company that stands still is the one that gets left behind

Leaving the European Union is almost upon us, with the deadline fixed for 29th March 2019.  In these tumultuous times, opportunity favours the brave, those who look to restructure their operations now will be in position to reap the rewards in the future.  For this reason, many UK companies will already be considering changing or extending their exports to other countries, such as the US and China.  Other changes may also be necessary such as alternative import suppliers or movement of manufacturing facilities.

Make sure you look before you leap!

Although you may have been manufacturing and selling in the EU with no patent infringement (freedom to operate – FTO) problems, moving outside of the EU is a big step into the unknown. You will need to consider whether your way is clear in these new countries, otherwise you may risk infringement action being taken against you.

The advantages of infringement searching

Specialist infringement searches can help to see if the way is clear for you in the new countries in which you wish to manufacture in, import from or export to.  They involve searching commercial patent databases to try to find any patents that may be blocking you.

It’s not all lost if a blocking patent is found

Even if a patent is found that appears to block your way for a certain country, it may be that the patent is not valid i.e. shouldn’t have been granted in the first place. This can be tested with patent invalidity searches and/or with evidence supplied from other areas e.g. you may have evidence that you were already selling the product before the patent was filed.

Remember to consult a patent attorney

As with all patent related matters its always wise to consult with a CIPA registered patent attorney to help guide you through the patent infringement process.  They are experts at determining whether patent search results mean you are clear to operate, or being blocked by particular patents, and if so whether it’s worth trying to break them.

What to do next

So, if you are thinking of changing your manufacturing locations, imports or exports then speak to your Patent Attorney to get advice on patent infringement searching. Don’t have an attorney, follow the link to our Directory of Patent Attorney firms in your area, or contact Patent Seekers Ltd for further information.


Written by Dean Parry MSC – Technical Director at Patent Seekers Ltd          

Patent Seekers Ltd, Innovation House, 6 Cedar Court, Newport, UK NP10 8FY

The Complex Art of Infringement Searching

Is in issue 2 of The Global IP Matrix

Dean Parry Technical Director at Patent Seekers Ltd, discusses the Complex Art of Infringement Searching. If you didn’t get a chance to read our article in the latest publication of The Global IP Matrix , check out the link here.

Dean Parry – Technical Director