Patent Emergency! What to do when you’ve (accidentally) disclosed your invention before you’ve filed a patent application
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Patent Emergency! What to do when you’ve (accidentally) disclosed your invention before you’ve filed a patent application

One of the cornerstones of the patent system in many countries, including the UK, is the need to apply for a patent before disclosing your invention publicly. This is because such ‘self-disclosure’ can be used to invalidate a subsequently filed patent application. That’s a horrible situation, because you may have really shot yourself in the foot in terms of getting patent protection in the UK and in many other countries. Therefore, we firmly advise that you keep the invention secret before filing a patent application on the invention.

IP expert praises one million women in STEM roles to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science
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IP expert praises one million women in STEM roles to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science

A leading intellectual property expert has said it is “incredibly encouraging” to see almost one million women in STEM roles for the first time, but called for continued action to support this upwards trend.

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