The PatSnap Blog: Innovation Insights

Hejab Azam

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After studying Law at University, Hejab decided to pursue her interest in IP by joining the PatSnap team. Her interests include Intellectual Property, Media, and Medical Law.

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PatSnap Weekly: May Week 3 2017

Posted by Hejab Azam on May 19, 2017 at 3:33 PM

This week, there have been medical advances with the first ever stem cells produced from human blood, as well as the successful 3D printing of ovaries that have produced healthy mice. Elsewhere, China has broadened its software patent guidelines—could this mean more US software companies filing patents there?

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Topics: news

PatSnap Weekly: 2017 May Week 2

Posted by Hejab Azam on May 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Welcome back to PatSnap Weekly. This week there have been significant technological advancements in medicine from AR goggles for surgeons to battery free implantables.

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Topics: news

The huge list of innovative food technology

Posted by Hejab Azam on May 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM


As the food industry is getting more sophisticated to meet consumer demand, so is the technology producing it. From innovative manufacturing processes to household consumer goods, innovative solutions are reflected in all aspects of this industry.

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Topics: food

PatSnap Weekly: 2017 May Week 1

Posted by Hejab Azam on May 5, 2017 at 3:03 PM

Welcome back to the first PatSnap Weekly after the bank holiday. Although it’s only been a four day week, a lot has happened with advancements in medicine, tech and IP.

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Topics: news

Intellectual property & food: Patents vs trade secrets

Posted by Hejab Azam on May 2, 2017 at 2:24 PM

With global retail sales of $4 trillion (£3.1 trillion) annually, food and beverage is one of the largest sectors in the world - the top 50 food manufacturers account for 20 per cent of global packaged food retail sales1. Food conglomerates and FMCGs regularly develop innovative food products to provide consumers with easy cooking and eating choices. Whether it’s Uncle Ben’s Rice, Heinz Ketchup, or Twinkies, there are iconic favourites in every household.

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Topics: food

PatSnap Weekly: 2017 April Week 4

Posted by Hejab Azam on April 28, 2017 at 1:31 PM

Welcome back to PatSnap Weekly. This week there have been signficant advancements in both cancer and glaucoma detection. Elsewhere, could the Iron Man suit become a reality?

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Topics: news

World Intellectual Property Day – Improving lives through innovation

Posted by Hejab Azam on April 25, 2017 at 5:01 PM

This year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is celebrating innovations that helped to make the world healthier, safer and happier.

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Topics: IP & Innovation

The beginning of a dietary revolution?

Posted by Hejab Azam on April 24, 2017 at 11:03 AM

The fitness industry has transformed over and over in the past 50 years. From fads like the grapefruit diet, emphasis on superfoods like quinoa and exercise regimes like Zumba, the industry is constantly changing as consumers continually lose confidence with each but never give up hope in the next .

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Topics: food

PatSnap Weekly: 2017 April Week 3

Posted by Hejab Azam on April 21, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Welcome back to PatSnap Weekly after a great bank holiday weekend. This week has been a veritable glut of medical advances with big steps taken in both dementia and diabetes treatments. Elsewhere, could a new type of tumble dryer be coming?

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Topics: news

Feeding 10 billion: Food and intellectual property

Posted by Hejab Azam on April 10, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Last week, we discussed how a rising global population places strain on methods of food production and how technological advances could be used to feed 10 billion people

But that was only half the tale. Providing food security to so many people relies on technological innovations to solve problems at such a scale that IP conflicts occur regularly. Unfortunately, a system designed to protect and incentivise innovation can actually stifle development and even exacerbate issues.

In this article, we will look at the role IP plays in agriculture and how that impacts a stretching global food chain.

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Topics: Intellectual Property, food

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