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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Kirkwood as Principal Patent Analyst for Chemistry.

Previously Joanne worked at J A Kemp as their Patent Search Manager and she is a familiar face, having began her career at Victor Green & Company. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with an MSci in Chemistry.


We also give a warm welcome to Nivedha Radhakrishnan, who recently joined us as an analyst in the Electronics team.

After completing her MSci in Physics, she worked as a postgraduate researcher at the University of Glasgow on the fabrication of single electron transistors.


WIPO’s INSPIRE offers a new way to select databases for patent searches, see our article on IPWatchdog.

Analysts at Victor Green & Company found that INSPIRE was a useful way to identify and compare sources.


Huge strides have been made in the use of machine translation to enhance patent searches in the last decade. See this article from our analysts, including lead author Davinia Collyer, about the use of machine translation for multi-lingual search. Patents were identified on artificial intelligence relating to dogs.


Victor Green & Company celebrated the World Intellectual Property Day 2020's theme "Innovate for a Green Future" on 26 April. Will the drop in emissions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, have a lasting, beneficial affect on the environment?

There would need to be a profound, long-term shift, according to the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, in order to counter climate change. She calls for a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet. Innovate for a Green Future highlights the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

Have inventors alluded to the Three Laws of Robotics? Victor Green & Company looked at how ethical considerations are covered in patents on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, see our recent article ‘Asimov and the Patenting of Ethical Robots’. January 2nd, 2020 marks the centenary of the birth of Isaac Asimov, known as the author of the Foundation stories of galactic empire and for his statement of the Three Laws of Robotics. Eighteen cases were discussed by our patent analysts including three that explicitly invoked Asimov or the Three Laws. The growth in applications since 2015 has its origins in the deep learning revolution dating from about 2012. Our article appeared in The Global IP Matrix, 6, p22-23, Jan 2020.

How can a thorough patent search help you gain a granted patent? Analysts at Victor Green & Company investigated this issue by studying oppositions filed against European patents, see the latest issue of The Global IP Matrix for details.


We were represented at several IP conferences in the Autumn: London IP Week, London IP Summit, Marques in Dublin, AIPPI and IP Law: Europe Summit in London.


Where can you find expertise in the blockchain area? Our analysts have considerable experience in this area and would welcome the opportunity to help you with your requests. There is a growing interest, that is accompanying the steep rise in patent applications in blockchain technology. Different types of data can be added to a blockchain, from cryptocurrency, transaction and contractual information to data files. The WIPO magazine commented on this trend and the EPO dedicated a conference to blockchain technologies and their impact on patenting. See "Talking about a new revolution: blockchain".

We were represented at the *INTA Annual Meeting, which was held in Boston, US from 18-22 May 2019. If you were able to attend, we hope you grabbed one of our distinctive marker pens, from the Northon's Media, PR & Marketing desk. To see more about the event, go to the Northon Gallery.


Are there any tools that can invent and create, locate prior art or draft a patent specification? Analysts at Victor Green & Company investigated the patent landscape for patent management technology. There seems to be increasing commercial interest in this sector, see our article ‘Patent analysis of patent management tools’. A shorter version of the article appeared in The Global IP Matrix, 3, p30-31, Jan 2019. The subject matter included computer generated inventions, automatic patent filing, location of prior art, methods for determining patentability and systems to grant patents. There were also tools for identification of potential patent infringement.

Our article about this patent landscape appears in Global IP Matrix, and the magazine was available at The Global Intellectual Property Convention (GIPC) January 2019 in Bangalore, India.

The magazine can also be seen at the Nordic IPR 9-11 April 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Northon's Media PR and Marketing represented us at Annual Oil & Gas IP Summit, in London 26-27 February 2019.

In September 2018 Northon's Media PR and Marketing represented Victor Green & Company at two IP conferences, the 32nd MARQUES Annual Conference in Paris and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) World Congress in Cancun. At AIPPI there was a wide range of panel sessions, such as The Briefing: Hot topics in IP, which included the Unitary Patent and global efforts in substantive patent law harmonization. Another session covered Artificial Intelligence - the real IP issues, in sectors from healthcare to finance, telecommunications to marketing, and transportation to genetics.

An article from Victor Green & Co "Unearthing the Russian Mole", described how patent information work is sometimes more colourful than one would expect.

In a memorable enquiry about a Russian device called the "Magic Mole", a great deal of detective work was required to find the answer. The Magic Mole was the subject of a US patent and our client needed to prove they were not infringing the patent claims by the sale of a similar product. We were able to identify an expert witness and the case was settled. See our article here and in The Global IP Matrix, 2, p7, September 2018.

A new intellectual property magazine "The Global IP Matrix" was launched recently and included information about services offered by Victor Green & Company. Carlos Northon, the Managing Director of the magazine said, "We are delighted to launch Northon’s Media PR & Marketing at INTA* 2018, especially our new and exciting IP magazine The Global IP Matrix .


Northon's Media PR and Marketing will represent Victor Green & Company at the following two IP events in September 2018, MARQUES and AIPPI.


Victor Green & Company was represented at the INTA* conference in Seattle from 19-23 May, by Northon's Media PR & Marketing.