The Patent Office has cut the fees payable for additional types of trademark from 125 to 50 per class, due to the increased demand for registration since the 1994 Trademarks Act. The act broadened the definition of what could be registered as a trademark, making it possible to register 3D shapes, colours and even sounds or smells as long as they are distinctive to the goods or services offered. As a result, applications to the Patent Office have risen by 44 per cent, from 30 652 in 1994 to 44 220 in 1995.
We look back on the life and work of the Design Week columnist, independent creative director and social activist “who helped put black participation on the political map”.
The DBA’s Annual Survey of over 150 businesses has shown that, while income and staff employment is on the up, clients are underpaying for design services.
From a new report about creative skills shortages post-Brexit, to our top picks from Design Manchester 2017, we round up the news from the last seven days.
Starling Crossing is a prototype road design that would see crossings light up at busy times and disappear when nobody needs them.