Directives & Standards

Almost every product needs to conform to a particular standard. Examples include designing to AEC-Q100 for the automotive industry and to IEC 60601 for medical products. Meanwhile, systems often need to conform to a range of European Directives, such as EMC or RoHS.

In this section, we keep designers up to date with developments in European Directives and in the standards to which products must be designed.

IP advice: The shape of things to come?

Design engineers are responsible for creating innovative and revolutionary products. If they have any knowledge of intellectual property (IP), this is likely to centre on patents and designs: after all, if a product performs an inventive function and/or has a novel aesthetic appearance, it may be possible to obtain monopoly rights, either by a patent or a design registration.

IP advice: Are you ready for the Patent Box?

New Electronics has partnered with leading intellectual property law firm D Young & Co LLP to offer guidance to companies on how to protect their IP. In this issue, Anthony Albutt, a partner with D Young & Co LLP, explores the Patent Box and provides a reminder of what's on offer from the Chancellor and how you should approach it.

IP advice: Increasing your understanding

New Electronics has partnered with leading intellectual property law firm D Young & Co LLP to offer guidance to companies on how to protect their IP. In this issue, Anthony Albutt, a partner with D Young, looks back over the year.

Exploiting your IP

The investment in securing registered intellectual property (IP) rights is all well and good, but the reward comes from the exploitation of that right. Many rights holders exploit their IP directly by using the patent or by affixing the trade mark to their goods. Others seek rewards from allowing third parties to use their IP, which is where the question of licensing versus assignment arises. While this article mainly addresses the exclusive licensing or assignment of patents, many of the considerations will also apply to other IP rights.

Shining a light on counterfeit electronics

The incidence of counterfeit electronic components is increasing rapidly. IHS reported in May that incidents of counterfeited parts amounted to 1363 in 2011, a record level. As each incident can include thousands of individual parts, IHS noted that this adds up to '12 million [counterfeit components] over the past five and one quarter years. This equates to slightly more than one counterfeit part logged every 15 seconds'.

IP advice: the importance of look and feel

New Electronics has partnered with leading intellectual property law firm D Young & Co CCP to offer guidance to companies on how to protect their IP. In this issue, D Young Partner Jonathan Jackson examines the judgement which determined Samsung's tablets were 'not as cool' as Apple's, but did not infringe a registered design.

Making the electronic systems sector more visible

Last year, Jamie Urquhart, once ARM's chief operating officer, got a call from Derek Boyd and Ian Phillips from the NMI. They were looking to improve the profile of the UK's electronics industry – and particularly in the eyes of the Government. Was Urquhart interested in helping them?

Is it possible to determine the size of a pervasive industry?

Electronics is everywhere: it's a pervasive technology which either enables almost all of the devices we use or makes a substantial contribution to its functionality. But because electronics is pervasive, it's also hard to determine the extent of the industry – particularly in the UK.

How will the ESCO report be used?

ESCO has taken the job of defining the UK's electronic systems sector seriously. Alongside the due diligence of researching the size and impact of the sector, it has examined manufacturing, skills, innovation and supply chain issues, as well as how the industry should be represented.

IP advice: The protection of computer programs

New Electronics has partnered with leading intellectual property law firm D Young & Co LLP to offer advice and information to help companies understand, use and protect their IP. Specialising in patents, trade marks, designs and related intellectual property rights, D Young & Co works with companies ranging from start-ups to established multi-nationals.

IP advice: What is the Patent Box?

New Electronics has partnered with leading intellectual property law firm D Young & Co LLP to offer advice and information to help companies understand, use and protect their IP.

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