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  • 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
  • The value of IP crime January 27, 2021
    What does Sherlock Holmes have in common with the IPO's counterfeit goods report? Our blog explores the connection between crime fiction and real IP crime.
    Dan Anthony
  • Oh come let us adore...Christmas patents December 17, 2020
    We're spreading some Christmas cheer by sharing a selection of our favourite, weird and wonderful Christmas patents.
    Caitlyn Arthur
  • Getting over the fear of copyright in photoshoots November 26, 2020
    Interior Stylist Emma Morton-Turner feared copyright in photoshoots. That was before she interviewed The IPO's Margaret Haig, who explained how copyright applies to the industry and answered some of the top questions.
    Emma Morton-Turner
  • Ignition Beer – how IP sparked a social enterprise November 19, 2020
    How does a social enterprise like Ignition Beer set themselves apart from other brands? We explore the ethos behind the business and how their trade mark has become a symbol for their unconventional journey.
    Dan Anthony
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