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Innovate Client Vex Box Launches

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013


Innovate Client Vex Box has now launched

Vex Box is a universal template for single or double socket boxes, providing a tidier and more efficient method of installation. Whether it’s new builds or refurbishments, the surrounding wall can be finished to a superior standard, as the product extends the box to be flush with the plasterboard.

The Vex Box comfortably fits both single or double electrical socket boxes and is manufactured from V0 rated high impact polystyrene. Offering a handy depth guage for efficient installation with 2mm depth adjustments, the Vex Box is easy to use as well as being strong and durable once constructed.

Vex Box came to Innovate in 2011 with simply an idea for an innovative product, Innovate assisted with a Worldwide Patent Search followed by Design and Visualisation of the product and Drafting of an initial UK patent application.

Two years after the initial idea submission was made Vex Box has now launched and is available from in packs of 10 or 50.

World Intellectual Property Day

Friday, April 26th, 2013

It’s World Intellectual Property Day today and Innovate are celebrating the invaluable contributions made by innovators and creators across the globe.

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) rights reward artists and inventors for their works and encourage them to keep producing the songs, films, products and devices that help make our lives safer, more comfortable and more fun. They come in the form of patents (for inventions), trademarks (for brands), registered designs (protect the look of a product), and copyright (for music, art, and literature).

The broadest of these protections is copyright. Copyrights are intended to protect “original works of authorship” that are in a tangible form. For a set length of time, these works cannot be copied or reproduced without the copyright-holder’s permission.

Copyrights do not protect the ideas put forth by a particular piece of art; they only protect the way in which those ideas are presented. In many countries, any original work of authorship is automatically copyrighted as soon as it is created.

Other sorts of intellectual-property protection are much narrower in scope. Trademarks protect designs and phrases that businesses use to distinguish their product from other companies’ products, and trade secrets protect proprietary information that must be kept secret in order for a business to profit (the recipe for Coca-cola, for example).

Of all of the forms of intellectual-property protection, patents are the most complex and tightly regulated. Patents are basically copyrights for inventions, defined by U.S. patent law as “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” Unlike copyrights, patents protect functionality of the invention, rather than the tangible form of the invention itself. Consequently, patenting something is a much trickier procedure than copyrighting something.

When inventors come up with a new device, the first thing they should do is patent it. Patents are a government’s way of giving an inventor ownership of his or her creation. For a certain period of time, patent-holders are allowed to control how their inventions are used, allowing them to reap the financial rewards of their work, in the countries that they have applied for protection in. Patents are a palpable, legally-binding manifestation of a person’s genius and innovation; they allow a person to actually own an idea.

How can Innovate Design help?

We provide:

  • Expert advice on Intellectual Property (IP) protection, including patenting
  • Global patent searching to establish originality
  • Cost effective professional product design
  • Prototyping of your new product idea
  • Help with Intellectual Property applications
  • Product marketing advice and assistance

Benefits of using Innovate Design

  • We have over 10 years experience in developing ideas
  • We offer a review of your idea free of charge
  • You retain 100% of the idea and therefore 100% of the profits
  • All information shared is 100% confidential
  • We have been acknowledged as an approved consultant provider by Business Link | London since 2002
  • Our business and documentation is formulated to be compliant with BS 8538:2011 - what this means

Augmented Reality – Through The Looking Glass

Friday, November 30th, 2012

There has been talk as to the potential for the use of augmented reality in enriching customer experience for some time now. A recently published patent from Microsoft suggests that the future of augmented reality may be right in front of your eyes.

The patent, titled “EVENT AUGMENTATION WITH REAL-TIME INFORMATION” suggests that by wearing a “head mounted display” a user would be able to see “supplemental information when viewing a live event.” The possibilities for this are potentially endless, and Microsoft are not the only company to see the potential in augmented reality headwear. Google’s Project Glass received the award of one of Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year 2012” without even having being launched publically. Other companies such as Explore Engage, TTP and Vuzix are also working on their own rival systems. Launch dates for these products remain unclear, with some reports suggesting at one point that Project Glass could be a commercially available product by the end of 2012. This estimation now seems unlikely, but there seems to be little doubt that 2013 could be the year that augmented reality headwear becomes an un-augmented reality in stores.

With all these companies developing, designing and applying for patents left, right and centre, it seems likely that the first product to hit the shelves will shortly be followed by those of its competitors claiming to be that little bit different, or that little bit slicker. A competitive marketplace as a general rule is of benefit to the end buyer, but with all the recent legal haranguing between Apple, Samsung, Ericsson, Google, HTC and every other mobile electronics manufacturer, could these recently published patents be the potential lawsuits of the future?

Details of Microsoft’s published patent application can be seen here:

USPTO Application

Information For Inventors: Changes to US Patent System

Monday, September 26th, 2011

America Invents Act: Improving the US Patent System

On Friday 16th September, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (The AIA or Patent Reform Act of 2011) which brings new legislation to the American patenting system in order to improve current processes. The changes have been proposed for some time and, having been finalised just days ago, it is believed that the modifications to the system are the most significant since 1952. (Goldman, David (June 24, 2011). “Patent reform is finally on its way”. Retrieved August 16, 2011.)

Although none of these changes will affect UK filing, they are relevant for those looking to extend their UK applications into the US or the PCT (Patent Corporation Treaty): an international unitary filing system that allows an applicant to file in all 142 countries who subscribe, including the US.


Intellectual Property Insurance: the UK’s best kept secret?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

It is near impossible to work in the world of Intellectual Property without seeing near daily discussions on whether patents are worth the paper they are written on. This is mainly because in sight of the number of litigation cases, in regards to patent infringement and disputes, it is believed that patents are only worth the money you have to defend them. For established corporations this is all part of the process and they have a bank balance able to absorb such an impact, but for individual inventors and SMEs this is an obstacle they cannot always overcome.


Peer-to-Patent initiative to trial in UK

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

After trials in USA, Australia, Japan and Korea, the Peer-to-Patent system is finally being trialled by the UK Intellectual Property office from 1st June 2011.

World Intellectual Property Day

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Today is World IP day, the Intellectual Property Office have commisioned some great articles to celebrate today and to highlight the importance of protecting your idea.


Google to gain access to over 1.5 million patents

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

This week saw the news that Google, who already offering a patent database, will aquire in excess of 1.5 million patents in a deal with the European Patent Office (EPO). (more…)

‘Inventing the 21st Century Exhibition’ at the British Library

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The British Library are holding a special Autumn exhibition on ‘Inventing the 21st Century’.

In a celebration of British ingenuity, The British Library explore the stories behind some of the most iconic inventions of the century’s first decade.

British Library events page