Patent applications in Europe reached record high in 2021

Patent applications in Europe reached record high in 2021

The rate of new inventions has continued to increase with the European Patent Office (EPO) receiving 188,600 applications in 2021, a 4.5% increase on the previous year and the highest number to date. The number of patent applications –  an early indicator of companies’ investments in research and development – increased in nine of the top ten most patent-active fields of technology, with digital communication and computer technology posting the strongest growth. More…

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Smart homes & telemedicine:
the future of healthcare?

Smart homes & telemedicine: the future of healthcare?

The rapid growth of the aged population has caused an immense increase in the need for personal care, particularly for people with chronic conditions such as dementia or diabetes. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Innovation Index 2019, the number of people living with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014 and is rising even more rapidly now in low to middle income countries. More…

Press release
Minesoft appoints Spencer Slaine
as President of North America

photo of Spencer Slaine

London, April 4th, 2022 — Minesoft, a leading global patent search solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Spencer Slaine as President of North America for Minesoft and as a member of the Global Senior Executive Team.

Spencer is an accomplished IP professional and executive who has worked in various roles at several IP service and software organizations over the last seven years. He brings a wealth of IP knowledge and business development expertise to the Minesoft leadership team.

Spencer previously worked for Ipan GmbH, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, where he supported the launch of the company domestically. He then served as Head of Sales for North America for Ipan/Delegate Group, driving significant growth before their acquisition by CPA Global, where he served as a Vice President of Strategic Accounts. Following CPA Global’s acquisition by Clarivate, Spencer was a Director of Product Sales where he worked with industry leading companies to help develop their innovation strategies.

In his new role, Spencer will lead the further expansion of Minesoft’s North American footprint working alongside industry veteran, Tim Campbell, Executive Vice President of Minesoft. Spencer will oversee customer success, sales, and marketing, focusing primarily on new business growth and strategy in North America.

“For over 25 years, Minesoft has been successfully providing mission-critical and best-in-class intellectual properly research and analytics solutions to corporations and law firms around the world. I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to work for such a highly regarded and long-standing organization and to support their goals of continued growth and expansion in the U.S. marketplace. Our top priority is and has always been putting the customer first and supporting their innovation workflow and lifecycle,” said Spencer Slaine, President, North America, Minesoft.

“Minesoft, backed by Warburg Pincus and MLM 2, is expanding and on the look-out for top IP professionals to help our new phase of expansion and growth. We are thrilled to be joined by Spencer Slaine, whose expertise and commitment is exactly the combination we are looking for to join the senior executive team. We look forward to further strengthening the existing Minesoft team across the world,” said Ann Chapman Daniel, Co-Founder, Minesoft.

About Minesoft

Founded in 1996 to develop databases and software solutions for the Information industry, Minesoft specializes in tools and services for retrieving, storing, and distributing patent information throughout the enterprise. Minesoft develops web-based patent search and software solutions offering searchable databases, competitive intelligence tracking, patent analytics and customized corporate knowledge management. Minesoft’s clients include Fortune 500/FTSE 100 type companies around the world, national IP Offices, IP Legal and Patent Attorney firms.

Press contact: Caitlin Kavanagh ([email protected])

Spaceflight company, OrbitX, joins the LOT network

Spaceflight company, OrbitX, joins the LOT network

The Philippines’ first commercial spaceflight company, Orbital Exploration Technologies (or OrbitX) is developing the country’s first suborbital launch vehicles; powered by renewable, low-fuel made from waste plastics. The space travel start-up is aiming to launch their first rockets between 2023 and 2024.

The start-up was founded by Dexter Baño Jr. in 2019. The same year that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Philippine Space Act, which has paved the way for the setting up of a new Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA).


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Minesoft wins big at Regional
Chamber of Commerce Business

Minesoft wins big at the Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

The Minesoft team were thrilled to win the awards for Customer Service and Digital Marketing at the recent Richmond Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The annual business awards organised by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce – one of the accredited nationwide British Chambers of Commerce – are a recognition and celebration of regional business success.


Brazilian pharmaceutical patents
no longer subject to ANVISA’s
prior approval

Brazilian pharmaceutical patents no longer subject to ANVISA’s prior approval

Back in March this year, the Brazilian Federal Government issued the Provisional Measure No. 1,040/2021. Their aim is to improve the business environment in Brazil and elevate the country’s position in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” ranking. President Bolsonaro has now sanctioned this measure and the corresponding Law No 14.195 entered into force on August 26th, 2021. More…

Brazilian Supreme Court
Brazilian Supreme Court abolishes
sole paragraph of Article 40

In the nineties, the Brazilian Supreme Court introduced a minimum protection period for patents – the sole paragraph of Article 40.

Article 40. A utility patent will have a term of 20 (twenty) years and a utility model patent term of 15 (fifteen) years, counted from the filing date.

Sole. The term will not be less than 10 (ten) years for utility patents and 7 (seven) years for utility model patents, counted from grant, except when the BRPTO is barred from proceeding with the substantive examination of the application, due to proven pending judicial decision or for reasons of “force majeure”.


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An update from Minesoft Support

Mie Rasmussen, Head of Support and Training explains how Minesoft is using online training solutions to assist users while working from home.

This year, the way we do training has changed quite dramatically. Previously, the Minesoft Support team provided a lot of in-house training and held bi-annual PatBase Training courses across Europe every spring and autumn. With travel still limited and many people working from home, we have been focussing our efforts on virtual training and building our suite of e-learning solutions instead. We look forward to restarting customer visits and European training courses as soon as it is possible to responsibly travel abroad again. In the meantime, the Minesoft Support are running free module-based training sessions which are already proving to be extremely popular. The sessions will be run as a 1:1 or group training with a member of Minesoft’s experienced support team.