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Critical and curious terms from the world of Intellectual Property

A sampling of some of the most important terms you will encounter and a few that are too intriguing not to mention. 

Everyday IP — Brushing up: When were toothbrushes invented?

Discover all about the invention of toothbrushes and delve into their evolution in terms of IP.

Taking the fast lane - New PPH program between Japan and France

Now that the Japanese and French patent systems are aligned, applicants from both countries might be interested in taking advantage of this new PPH agreement.

Everyday IP: When were socks invented?

Many times, even the most basic products that we are taking for granted — such as the socks you are likely wearing as you read this — are tied to IP.

New developments: Bracing for Brexit's effects on international IP

A brief guide on all notable changes that IP rights holders have to face after the transition period ends on January 1, 2021.

Facing supply chain concerns in the COVID-19 era

Knock-off products are always a problem for business owners holding IP rights, but supply chain disruptions allow malevolent actors to make a tidy profit.

How intelligent is your Intellectual Property intelligence?

Analyzing competitor activities and being well-informed of innovative new technologies is essential to a good Intellectual Property (IP) strategy.

COVID-19 and Intellectual Property's role in facilitating vaccine access

The year 2020 commenced in much the same way as most years do, but it quickly became apparent that the world needed to brace for the unexpected.

Strategies patent defendants use to avoid injunctions

Injunctions against patent infringement are available in many national court systems, but there are some procedural differences when courts may make injunctions available as a remedy.

Brexit and Supplementary Protection Certificates

SPCs are essential in the pharmaceutical and plant variety industries because they provide a means to extend patent protection for up to five years.

Be vigilant and diligent in protecting your brand from counterfeiters

Establishing strong Intellectual Property protection is an essential part of any effort to shield your goods from counterfeiters.

Coping with cost pressure in Intellectual Property

Maintaining a balanced budget while keeping up a high IP protection level can be quite challenging, especially during times of crisis.