The first half of 2023 is already behind us. While you were perhaps enjoying your free time and the sunshine, we at EP&C were busy working out what the most-read blogs of the first half of 2023 were. Here’s the countdown from 3 to 1.
3 - How a patent saved my Christmas lights
Some assembly instructions are just not very helpful. Rudi Riemens experienced this when he tried to put some Christmas lights up on his front door. But Rudi didn't give up easily. You can read in his blog how, thanks to a patent, he still managed to get a beautifully illuminated front door.
2 - Priority rights: in order to claim them you have to meet certain conditions
Priority right is an important term in the patent industry. It is the right you acquire when you are the first to invent something and apply for a patent on it. However, in order to acquire a priority right you do have to meet a number of conditions. It is not for nothing that Nyske Blokhuis's blog comes in second in our list of best-read blogs. She provides a very clear explanation of what the conditions entail and the kind of things you need to take into consideration.
1 - From balance bike to pedal bike: this is how a dominant patent works
This blog by Kees Hollaar is the number one most-read blog in the first half of 2023. In it Kees explains what a dominant patent is and what you need to take into consideration if you want to improve on someone else's idea. For example, you can invent pedals for a bike, but perhaps someone already has a patent on the balance bike. You can't simply ignore this. Using a bicycle as an example, Kees explains what your options are and how you can ensure that you do not infringe any patents.
Once every two weeks we share knowledge of our field with you via our blogs and we will happily continue to do so in the second half of the year. If there are any specific topics you would like to find out more about, please let us know!