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      In general terms all ‘Inventions’ are the subjects of ‘Innovative development; however, Innovations are not always an Invention within the meaning ascribed thereto by the UK Patent Act 1977.         1. ‘INNOVATION’   The Collins English Dictionary definition of ‘innovation’ is ‘something newly introduced, such as a new method or device’ and ‘the act of innovating’.   The act ...
    1. INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (IPRs)   The downside of establishing a commercially viable product in the market place is that the company’s competitors will try to emulate the company’s success by any means, foul or otherwise, that leads to an inevitable erosion of the company’s market position. When an SME, viz. a Small to Medium sized Enterprise, is faced with this type of problem, it is often the case that the necessary actions to re ...
      1. IDENTIFYING A BUSINESS PARTNER     When choosing a business partner, whether you are forming a joint venture company or licensing a third party to manufacture, use and/or distribute the licensed products, you should only proceed when you and your legal advisers are satisfied that the credentials of any business partner are first class.   If there are any doubts about the success and track record of a potential business partner, you should err on the sid ...