Intellectual Property

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16 Feb: Copyright: Public Domain

A work – like a book, a song or a film – is in the public domain when there is no copyright attached to it. This means that you can re-use that work for free, without the need to ask for permission from anyone: you can just copy it and use it. When copyright in a work comes to an end, the work is said to enter the public domain. In many countries, such as the UK, this generally happens 70 years after the last creator’s death, bearing in mind that a work may have several creators.

can i patent this?

16 Apr: Is your invention patentable?

One recurring question in the field of patent law is: is my [invention] patentable? There is, unfortunately, no simple, one-size-fits-all answer to this question, because there are many different angles to examine before one can determine whether an invention is patentable.