Latest IP News Stories

We’ve curated some news stories from external sources which are relevant to the world of intellectual property.


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  • Prize catch - Hookpod invention keeps seabirds safe June 14, 2021
    It’s not every day that a business finds a big gap in the market and creates a solution to a major environmental issue, but that’s exactly what Devon-based brothers Ben and Pete Kibel did. Ben and Pete were nominated for a European Patent Office (EPO) Inventor Award in the SME category for their invention, Hookpod. […]
    Imogen Percival
  • Closing the loop on your feedback May 5, 2021
    We ask our customers to provide us with feedback so we can improve our services. But you may feel that once you’ve provided us with your feedback, you often don't find out what we did or how we used it …
    Jamie Edwards
  • Ten Top IP Tips for your SME business April 30, 2021
    We share our Top Ten IP Tips for helping SMEs identify and make the most of the intellectual property assets they own.
    Dave Hopkins
  • All about you - the One IPO Transformation programme April 27, 2021
    The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched its 'One IPO' Transformation - a five-year programme to transform Intellectual Property (IP) services and enhance the value IPO adds to the UK economy. Debbie Cooke, Head of IPO’s Business Change Team, outlines how developing a world leading IP system can make the UK a more attractive place […]
    Debbie Cooke
  • At a STEM career crossroads? Take the Patent Examiner route April 7, 2021
    Most science-minded 16-21 years olds want to train as a vet, a doctor, a dentist or a teacher - job titles they are most likely to recognise through encountering them in everyday life. Hear how skills needed for these highly visible scientific professions have paved the way for some of IPO's Patent Examiners to achieve […]
    Kristian Crowshaw
  • World Autism Awareness Week: Rianis' story April 1, 2021
    Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2021). We are marking this occasion by talking to one of our Patent Examiner colleagues about her experience of living with autism. Take it away Rianis! Hi! I’m Rianis. I’m a Patent …
  • World Autism Awareness Week March 31, 2021
    This week we are marking World Autism Awareness Week, which leads up to World Autism Awareness Day on Friday 2nd April. In this article we want to raise awareness of autism, understand why it is important and look at what …
  • Patently Hazel: addressing the gender imbalance in STEM March 8, 2021
    On International Women’s Day, we talk to Hazel Thorpe, Senior Patent Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office and Wales STEM Woman of the Year, about redressing the gender balance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
    Hazel Thorpe
  • Patents, trade marks and designs timelines: simplifying the process March 2, 2021
    Since publishing to our website, our patents, trade marks and designs timelines have become a useful resource for both our customers and staff. Find out how they were developed using valuable customer feedback.
    Ryan Eaton
  • The man who invented invention February 8, 2021
    As integral as Joseph Bazalgette was to London's sewer network, Bennet Woodcroft was to the UK patent system. Read how Woodcroft's 'underground' innovation helped shape the Patent Office of today.
    Dan Anthony
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