Wed 7th Sep 2022Can I patent an app?
Yes, you can patent an app. We are often asked this question by app developers, and many find that answer surprising because there is a myth that it is not possible to obtain a patent for computer code.Read more
Thu 28th Jul 2022Blockchain leader nChain forges ahead in patent rankings
Global blockchain technology company nChain has leapfrogged over the likes of tech giant IBM and Alipay (Alibaba’s mobile payment platform) to take fifth place in the league table of companies ranked worldwide for blockchain patent applications in 2021 with the help of Page White Farrer*.Read more
Mon 1st Nov 2021Best practice in standards-based patent pools
If set up and administered well, patent pools can provide significant benefits for the market, such as reductions in transaction costs, more reasonable aggregate royal-ties, and a better ability to create a level playing field. These benefits can make pa-tent pools an attractive option for standard-based licensing where there are multiple licensors holding SEPs.Read more
Fri 10th Sep 2021Are patent pools anti-competitive?
One of the greatest concerns regarding the use of patent pools, especially by technology giants, is that collaboration can also lead to anti-competitive practices. So, while patent pools have many benefits, especially for emerging technologies, the risks cannot be ignored.Read more
Tue 17th Aug 2021Patent pools and the evolution of FRAND licensing in IoT ecosystems
In an article for Intellectual Property Magazine, European Patent Attorney Olaf Ungerer examines the complexity of the IoT landscape, and he explores why patent pools offer an attractive solution for complex IoT products by reducing transaction costs for licensors and implementers and potentially reducing aggregate royalty. This article arises from the “Contribution to the Debate on SEPs” (E03600), published January 2021, by the Group of Experts on Licensing and Valuation of Standard Essential Patents advising the European Commission.Read more
Wed 4th Aug 2021The pros and cons of standards-based patent pools
Patent pools have a long history, and one of the first patent pools was formed in 1856 for sewing machines. These days they form an important part of the basis for industry standards in regard to technologies which are necessary (essential) to develop compatible products and services. Examples can be seen in the fields of mobile communications, information coding, public health etc. and they often relate to technologies that are yet to be fully developed.Read more
Thu 29th Jul 2021Can I obtain a patent for software or AI?
We often encounter software engineers who are under the impression that it is not possible to obtain a patent for their software, and that their invention or innovation is protected by copyright or simply not suitable for a patent.Read more
Mon 7th Dec 2020Nine benefits of IP licensing for the licensee
If you have established some strong marketing channels, with an extensive database, good customer knowledge and a productive sales engine, you may be on the lookout for new products which might compliment your existing portfolio.Read more
Fri 13th Nov 2020Why you should register your designs in the EU before the end of 2020
After the UK leaves the EU at the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021, new EU registered community designs (RCDs) will no longer provide registered design protection in the UK. Read more
After 1 January 2021, if you wish to obtain both EU and UK registered design protection, it will be necessary to apply for these registered designs separately.
Fri 9th Oct 2020Intellectual property protection for tech innovation - AI Tech North Summit 2020
On 12th and 13th October 2020, Virginia Driver and Tom Woodhouse of Page White and Farrer in Leeds were keynote speakers at the AI Tech North Summit 2020, sharing their expert knowledge on intellectual property protection of artificial intelligence technology. Read more
They will also held an online masterclass about what businesses can do to take control of their valuable technology innovation with an intellectual property strategy.
Mon 24th Aug 2020Is it time to carry out an intellectual property audit?
An audit of your intellectual property will pay dividends as it enables a business to identify new revenue streams, enhance business value, implement best practice, assess and reduce the risk of competition. It is particularly important for any business with a strong brand or knowledge-based products or services.Read more
Wed 11th Mar 2020Nine key benefits of licensing intellectual property for the licensor
Finding and entering new markets is key to the growth of any business, whether this is selling to a new industry sector or into a foreign territory. But this can be time-consuming and labour intensive and difficult to do well if you do not have anyone who speaks the language, understands the sector or is familiar with differences in the cultural or regulatory environment.Read more
Wed 5th Feb 2020IP experts expand into Leeds city centre tech hub
With talk of the House of Lords heading to Yorkshire, Page White and Farrer is one step ahead! The leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys has taken new office space in Platform, the trendy hub for tech and innovation in Leeds city centre.Read more
Tue 12th Feb 2019Workshop on ‘Artificial intelligence and robotics’ in Munich, 15 April 2019
Patent attorneys from our London and Munich offices will be presenting at a workshop on ‘IP Protection for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics’ on 15 April 2019. The workshop will be hosted in partnership with the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Law Society (RAILS) and will be held in Munich at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office.Read more
Mon 21st Jan 2019Patents – frequently asked questions
Simply, patents protect inventions. Our qualified patent attorneys have put together this collection of frequently asked questions to assist you with securing patentRead more
protections for your intellectual property.
Sat 5th Jan 2019Trade marks – frequently asked questions
A registered trade mark is an asset, which can be sold, licensed, and mortgaged. A trade mark registration gives a monopoly to stop certain use by others of similar marksRead more
on similar goods. It gives you more certainty that a trade mark is available for your use, as it has already been through an opposition stage
Mon 10th Sep 2018Case study: European IP for ground-breaking Solos™ smart glasses
The Page White Farrer patent team were recently called on by Kopin Corporation’s US attorneys to help them protect the Solos™ Smart Glasses in Europe. Featuring the same technology used by USA Cycling and the Olympic track cycling team, the Solos™ give cyclists the possibility to consult GPS information in the corner of smart cycling glasses, without having to break their ride. The patent team successfully helped Kopin Corporation to protect their intellectual property in Europe.Read more
Thu 7th Jun 2018Practical discussions on AI - Virginia Driver to speak at AIPLA Event in Denver
On 19 June 2018, European Patent Attorney Virginia Driver will be speaking at the AIPLA Electronic and Computer Law Summit in Denver, Colorado, USA, on the subject of ‘Practical Discussions on pursuing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning’ alongside Michael Drapkin, of Holland & Hart in Colorado, and Steven Yang, of Bridgeon Law Firm in Beijing.Read more
Wed 22nd Nov 2017Patentability of user interfaces
Following the revised guidance which makes changes to all eight parts of the previous European Patent Office guidelines on 1 November 2017, Martyn Townsend, patent attorney at Page White and Farrer takes a closer look at the patentability of user interfaces.Read more
Fri 2nd Jun 2017Case study: Computer games company safeguards brand for clothing merchandise
If you own a trade mark for your brand it is important that you preserve its value by looking out for any trade mark applications from potential competitors which might be similar to yours. This was the case for the owner of a leading computer games company, who instructed the help of the trade mark team at Page White Farrer after the UK Intellectual Property Office received a trade mark application for a name used in the successful game.Read more