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  • Sustainable innovation that makes you go “Ooho” April 26, 2024
    Sustainable packaging business, Notpla, has developed an all-natural packaging solution made from seaweed. We spoke to co-founder, Pierre Paslier, about how IP plays a vital role in the success of his company.
  • Autonomous vehicles and IP: how one UK business is driving change March 12, 2024
    UK-based business, Oxa was the first company in the UK to test self-driving cars on public roads as part of Project Endeavour, an Innovate UK-funded trial. We caught up with Oxa’s Head of Licencing and IP Management Alex Tame to find out how owning IP has played a role in the research, production and scaling […]
    Christina Watts
  • Mickey’s adventure into the public domain  March 7, 2024
    This year Disney is celebrating its 100th anniversary but did you know that the original version of one of Disney’s most iconic and popular characters, Mickey Mouse, has recently been released from its copyright worldwide? 
    Christina Watts
  • Monopoly and the inventor who was streets ahead December 22, 2023
    With Christmas fast approaching, families everywhere are likely to be dusting off their Monopoly board, together with its familiar Scottie dog and top hat player pieces, ready for their annual challenge. How many will be aware of the challenges the game itself has seen since its original invention? Read on to find out more!
    Amber Ockenden
  • Ten years of the IPO in Southeast Asia November 16, 2023
    This year marks 10 years of the IPO’s attaché network in Southeast Asia (SE Asia). We spoke to Rachael Wood, IPO Senior Advisor for Business and International Policy in SE Asia, to learn how the team has been supporting UK businesses trading in the region since our SE Asia IP relationship began.
    Rachael Wood
  • Returning to a STEM Career November 9, 2023
    As an organisation with flexible working and family-friendly policies, The Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO)’s ‘returners to STEM’ programme is an initiative it is particularly proud of. As the applications portal reopens for 2023, we hear from people who have already taken up the opportunity to take a first step back on the STEM career ladder […]
  • Meet the Board: Director of Business and International Policy, Ben Llewellyn-Jones October 26, 2023
    Ben Llewellyn-Jones has recently joined the team as Director of Business and International Policy at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Hear what he has to say about his new role in the latest of our ‘Meet the IPO Board’ series. 
    Jenny Manders
  • Transformation II: spotlight on trade marks, designs and tribunals October 10, 2023
    It’s been more than two years since we launched our five-year ‘One IPO Transformation’ programme. Following the launch of our second consultation, Transformation II, we asked IPO Transformation lead, Natasha Chick, for an update.
  • Dyslexia – a different way of thinking October 4, 2023
    The IPO has recently been proud to achieve the British Dyslexia Association SMART award, in recognition of good practice when supporting the needs of dyslexic and neuro-diverse individuals.  Here we take a look at how colleagues with dyslexia are able to contribute positively to life and work at the IPO through their 'different way of […]
    Paula Davy
  • Meet the IPO Board: Director of People and Place, Penny Phillpotts  September 28, 2023
    Next in our 'Meet the Board' series, we speak to Penny Phillpotts, Director of People and Place at the IPO. We discuss where her career started, her experience since joining the IPO last year and her priorities for the future.
    Kayleigh Enticknap
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