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The History of Patent Law

There will come a point in the process of inventing a new product where you feel it is important to protect the intellectual property. The normal way to do this is by applying for a patent. But where did it all start?

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R & D Tax Relief

What is R & D tax relief? Could you be claiming back tax for your research and development?

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Is 3D printing with PLA environmentally friendly?

It is not derived from petrochemicals, rather it is a bioplastic made from renewable resources such as corn, cassava, sugarcane or sugar beet pulp.

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Design for proof-of-concept, prototype, intellectual property & certification

Most people understand that a prototype will be different to a fully manufactured product. This is perhaps normally assumed to be in terms of quality of finish and other 'cosmetic' details. However in reality it goes deeper than this.

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Using ‘CAD’ …and the confusion between 2D & 3D modelling

It can be quite intimidating to communicate with engineering professionals if you are an innovator but without any hands-on engineering experience. One difficult area is a computer-aided design (CAD).

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Common myths and errors with first time inventors

1. Patenting shouldn’t be the first step, as explained below 2. When I say that you should do the proof-of-concept I mean that this should be done prior to approaching investors or manufacturers. We are very happy to do this on your behalf of course.

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Got an invention? -find out now how to lose LOADs of money!

Reading this could save you thousands of pounds….. I truly believe that there has never been a better time to attempt to bring an invention to the marketplace due to a number of key factors that have come together in the last decade and a half: -The internet and social media -Relatively cheap manufacturing overseas -3D printing & -Crowdfunding opportunities

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Commercialising in kit form with 3D printing…a new kind of business model

One big question that faces anyone trying to innovate is: how best to commercialize the idea?

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Steve Padley’s Products

Often the key element when someone manages to commercialize their project is simplicity: low development costs, low set up costs and usually a low price. Another key element is clever marketing -by having his product reviewed by a well-known website he has been able to sell over 400 worldwide.

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New IP act and R&D tax relief

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 -the Unitary Patent

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