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.
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
“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.”
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.
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!
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 NA@patentseekers.com
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 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.
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.
Torrey Pines Law Group, PC is an intellectual property, regulatory services, reimbursement, and technology transactions law firm.
Torrey Pines Law Group has worked with a number of companies claiming to have expertise with patent and technical literature searching. However, in our experience over several years, Patent Seekers is the best. We’ve worked together on patentability, freedom-to-operate, invalidity, and infringement searches which has enabled our firm to draft meaningful legal opinions. Christian has also been an exemplary business partner, and Patent Seekers’ superior expertise, flexibility, and responsiveness really sets them apart. Most importantly, our clients are very satisfied with the results they receive — those results are highly trustworthy. Torrey Pines Law Group recommends Patent Seekers for all your patent and technical literature searching needs.
Ratner Prestia is an intellectual property law firm dedicated to patent, trademark, copyright and other international IP issues.
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(Wilson Gunn) Leading practice of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys. Delivering a flexible first class service tailored to your needs.
I have worked with Patent Seekers for a number of years on patentability and freedom to operate (FTO) searches, and their searching expertise is second to none. They are also very client-focused and their quick turn-around times, in combination with user-friendly search reports, really helps to alleviate some of the burdens of completing searches.
Dehns, Founded in 1920 we have grown to become one of Europe's largest firms of patent and trade mark attorneys.
We have been using Patent Seekers for many years for patent searching, ranging from initial patentability assessments to invalidity searches. Tim and Dean are always highly responsive, providing quotes within a day and a detailed outline of their proposed strategy. I am consistently impressed by how quickly search results are returned. The team is happy to work with us to tailor a search to our needs and budget.