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How a Mexican yam and a start-up company transformed the lives of women
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How a Mexican yam and a start-up company transformed the lives of women

Russell Marker, Carl Djerassi and start-up company Syntax transformed the lives of women allowing for more freedom, choice and the progression of equal rights. Today, 70 years after its creation, the contraceptive pill is taken by more than 3.1 million women in the UK. 

Two salesman, a start-up company and the greatest medical invention of all time
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Two salesman, a start-up company and the greatest medical invention of all time

The history of the now commonplace device is a rich tapestry of scientific minds, a desire to explore the unknown and relieve human suffering, an architect, and a drunken dog. But it was two salesman and a start-up company that made the greatest medical invention of all time accessible to the masses and paved the way for vaccination programmes, like the one we see in the fight against Covid-19 today, to be rolled out in large scales.

Inventions that changed the world – SME edition
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Inventions that changed the world – SME edition

Entrepreneurs and small businesses play a critical role in the economy and this year World Intellectual Property Day focus’ on how they can use intellectual property (IP) rights to build “stronger, more competitive and resilient businesses.”

Some of the world’s best-known inventions and brands are the products of inventors and entrepreneurs who were savvy enough to protect their ideas. This week, to mark World IP Day we’ll be looking at five of our favourites, beginning with Thomas Edison.

When brand development can be a warzone it's vital that every General has a battle plan
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When brand development can be a warzone it's vital that every General has a battle plan

Every day, businesses across the globe invest significant sums of money in building brands and launching products that have shaky foundations. Often, entrepreneurs and business owners are unaware of the risks until they find shots are being fired at them. Large companies are often willing to take on the fight since they have the necessary resources, but for some small businesses with less resources it can be a fight for their life…

How do you send a caterpillar 100 feet in the air?
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How do you send a caterpillar 100 feet in the air?

The case of Colin the Caterpillar -v- Cuthbert the Caterpillar has caught the media’s attention.  In case you have been cocooned away and missed it, on 15th April 2021, Marks and Spencer (M&S) launched high court proceedings in the UK against discount supermarket, Aldi, alleging trade mark infringement and passing off. 

The thing everyone wants to know now is whether the case has legs.

US Inventor Declarations and Assignments
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US Inventor Declarations and Assignments

After a patent application has been filed, the inventor may be required to sign and submit various forms.  What happens if this is several years into the patent process, and the inventor can no longer be reached to sign these forms?  And what can you do now to prevent any complications from arising?

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