Author Archives: Richard Hussey

Why is it So Difficult to Trademark Even an Iconic Shape?

trademark a shape

On the face of it, a KitKat and a London black cab might not have much in common. The manufacturers of both products recently discovered that trademarking a shape is a complex and challenging aspect of intellectual property protection. The …

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Maybe you don’t Need a Patent Attorney – but at Least Read this First

patent attorney benefits

First off, let’s acknowledge the fact that inventors can, and do, successfully file applications for patent protection without professional help. I would be the first to say ‘well done’ to those people. We’re talking about a lengthy process with many …

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Inventions: Saying Too Much, Too Soon, or to the Wrong People Could Cost you Dear

Patent confidentiality

Inventors are often enthusiastic people. And sometimes that enthusiasm and impatience to share their ideas and inventions with the world can be their worst enemy. To make sure it’s you who gets the financial benefit from your invention you need …

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How to Take the IP Risks out of Franchising

IP risks of franchising

Franchising has many benefits for both parties: franchisee and franchisor. There are also significant risks unless Intellectual Property issues are sorted out professionally from day one. Franchising is a popular way to scale a business without a significant investment in …

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Three Dimensional Objects need Specific Intellectual Property Protection

design rights

It’s easy to assume that owning the rights to a drawing or two dimensional image automatically provides intellectual property protection if that image is converted into a 3D object. It doesn’t. For example, an organisation might have copyright or even …

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