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Revolutionary Garden Hose Design Too ‘Obvious’ for Patent Protection

Revolutionary Garden Hose Design Too ‘Obvious’ for Patent Protection

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Patents reward originality, and inventions that are obvious developments on pre-existing designs do not qualify for protection, however successful they may be. In a ground-breaking case on point, patent protection was denied in respect of a one-man invention which revolutionised the garden hose market. An

Revolutionary Garden Hose Design Sparks High Court Patent Dispute

Revolutionary Garden Hose Design Sparks High Court Patent Dispute

New inventions can transform entire industries, rendering existing products more or less obsolete, but they almost inevitably give rise to patent disputes. A case on point concerned a revolutionary garden hose design that solved problems of storage, weight and kinking all too familiar to gardeners

Inventions Must Be Genuinely Innovative to Benefit from Patent Protection

Inventions Must Be Genuinely Innovative to Benefit from Patent Protection

Patents are designed to encourage innovation and are effectively state-sponsored bargains which confer time-limited monopoly rights on inventors. As an important Supreme Court ruling made clear, however, such rights are restricted to ideas and products that are genuinely innovative. The case concerned a pharmaceutical company’s

Smart Watches Importer Sees Off Registered Design Rights Challenge

Smart Watches Importer Sees Off Registered Design Rights Challenge

Decisions as to whether a product infringes registered design rights frequently come down to matters of general impression. That was certainly so in a Court of Appeal case concerning heart rate monitoring devices used by fitness enthusiasts. The proprietor of two registered community designs (RCDs)

Building a Brand Without Trade Mark Protection Can Be a Fool’s Errand

Building a Brand Without Trade Mark Protection Can Be a Fool’s Errand

Fortunes spent on establishing successful brands would be largely pointless without trade mark protection and, as a High Court case showed, that is why professional advice from an intellectual property expert represents a sound investment. The case concerned a company that provided psychiatry and mental