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  • Human factors is not a ‘tick box’ exercise

    Jonathan Bainbridge was recently interviewed as part of a podcast series by the University of Derby on his experience of working in human factors.

    added by Team Consulting 1 min Read
  • Why we need user insights in digital product design

    Digital devices are fast becoming an integral part of people’s everyday lives, not only changing how we communicate, but also offering innovative ways to monitor our health and well-being. In a new article for International Pharmaceutical Industry (IPI), Charlotte Harris, Head of Front End Innovation, explores several research techniques to gather rich user insights for your digital product design.

    added by Team Consulting 1 min Read
  • Diversity – the human factor

    In June 2022, UK’s Sheffield Hallam University announced it was closing its English Literature degree course. A debate followed in the press over the value of humanities degrees. I was glad to see many people echoing the thoughts I’ve had about the value of an English degree. It made me, in turn, reflect on the value of diversity in a consultancy like Team Consulting.

    added by Team Consulting 1 min Read
  • 5 things every electrical medical device start-up should know

    You’ve got a great idea for an electrical medical device, whether that’s a connected injector, point of care diagnostics device, a wearable device, or another innovative, life-changing device concept. You’ve identified a market for it, gained access to sector insights, you’ve tested the principles and are getting good results. All you need now is to engineer it into a real medical device product to be able to get it on the market – that’s easy, right? However, there are many other activities that need to be addressed throughout your development to avoid time-consuming pitfalls or delays in product launches. Here are five ways for medical device start-ups to ensure a smooth, cost-effective and successful developments:

    added by Team Consulting 4 min Read
  • 6 methods for delivering drugs to the eye

    When developing ocular delivery devices, designers and manufacturers must address several challenges: • maintaining device sterility to prevent infections• controlling dosing accuracy (especially when delivering small/concentrated volumes)• managing the opportunities for use errors during the delivery process, such as poor needle and plunger control with injection devices

    added by Team Consulting 3 min Read
  • Four steps to selecting the right device to deliver therapies

    When it comes to creating a brand new approach to drug delivery, making sure that you choose the correct device technology is paramount. As medical device developers, you will have a number of factors in mind such as patient experience and patient behaviours, but you’ll also have to consider the commercial landscape. All these factors apply whether you are choosing to design a product from scratch or license an existing technology. No matter which path you go through, understanding how your medical device stands up against competitors, regulators and overall demand, is integral to the process.

    added by Team Consulting 6 min Read
  • How digital UX in clinical trials can improve measures

    Digital health technologies offer a number of improvements to clinical trials, but implementing them effectively can be challenging. In a new article for ONdrugDelivery, Ben Cox, Head of Digital Design, discusses how adopting a UX approach when designing digital tools can lead to more meaningful measures.

    added by Team Consulting 1 min Read
  • Tackling the challenges of cloud connectivity

    In a new article Gabrielle Whitworth-Smith and Thomas Watts consider the various challenges of building cloud connectivity into your medical device platform, from how to decide which connection route best suits your device requirements, to cybersecurity risk management.

    added by Team Consulting 1 min Read
  • Website design for tech companies: 5 mistakes to avoid

    A tech company's website plays a key role in winning new business. In the guide, I run through the 5 mistakes tech companies make with their website design and how to fix them.

    added by Spaced Digital 7 min Read
  • Neurim v Mylan: A Most Unusual Case - Take Two Part Two

    In a further preliminary skirmish in the Neurim v Mylan battle, the Patents Court has granted Neurim’s wish to have its day in court. Mylan (now Viatris) failed in its bid to stay the UK proceedings pending determination of the EPO opposition proceedings.

    added by Marks & Clerk 2 min Read
  • No Multiverse Here: A Single Counterfactual for All Claimants In Pregabalin Damages Inquiry

    In this trial of preliminary issues, Zacaroli J held that when assessing the damages payable to multiple claimants under cross-undertakings given in respect of various interim injunctions and orders (and for unjustified threats of patent infringement), a single set of counterfactual assumptions should apply to all inquiry claimants, where those claimants operate in the same, largely finite, market. The decision is the latest in a long line of judgments concerning Pfizer’s pregabalin product, Lyrica®.

    added by Marks & Clerk 6 min Read
  • The EU’s Unified Patent Court inches towards reality (but don’t hold your breath)

    Germany has finally ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement, its Constitutional Court having rejected two applications for a preliminary injunction to prevent ratification. This removes a significant hurdle to the commencement of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) system but that is not to say that it will start any time soon.

    added by Marks & Clerk 3 min Read
  • Five healthtech solutions coming to a telehealth service near you

    The CW Healthcare SIG were joined by medical device experts from Cambridge University Hospitals, Digica, B-Secur and Hibox to discuss how the current telemedicine system, which has become so crucial to healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic, could be further improved.

    added by CW (Cambridge Wireless) 2 min Read
  • Bribery Act - where are we ten years on?

    With the 1st of July marking the tenth anniversary of the UK Bribery Act coming into force, Robert Starr, Regulatory Partner at Howes Percival takes a look at what effect the Act has had during this time and whether businesses should be doing anything more as we emerge from the Covid pandemic.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 4 min Read
  • Work from home guidance removed from Monday 19th July 2021

    On 12 July 2021, the Prime Minister announced that from Monday 19 July the Government instruction to ‘work from home where you can’ will be lifted. The Prime Minster said he does not expect everyone to return their ‘desks as one’ from Monday and further guidance will be released for businesses on a gradual return to work over the summer.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 1 min Read
  • Can I pay child maintenance upfront rather than monthly?

    In short, the answer to this question is “yes” but I would strongly advise against it!

    added by Howes Percival LLP 5 min Read
  • Building on natural advantages in business

    In life there are always some natural advantages that make some people better at certain things than others. For example, standing at 5’9 (on a good day!) it was always pretty unlikely that I could emulate my childhood hero, Martin Johnson, and play second row for England.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 4 min Read
  • No Fault Divorce- an update

    Head of Family Law at Howes Percival, Justine Flack provides an update on no fault divorce; when it is expected to start, how it will change things and what to do in the meantime.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 3 min Read
  • Spotlight on the Fire Safety Act 2021

    It’s taken a while and has been the subject of numerous skirmishes between the government and the House of Lords, but the Fire Safety Act (the Act) has finally received Royal Assent. The Act is the first stage in implementing the recommendations falling out of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Other fire safety changes continue to be considered as part of a package of building safety measures proposed by the Building Safety Bill.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 4 min Read
  • Between a shock and a hard place

    With the transport sector being the largest contributor of CO2 in the UK, a move towards a fully electric automobile industry will undoubtedly be a significant defence in the fight against climate change. However, the government’s now trademark reactionary policy making, changing the ban of the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to 2030 has transferred the emphasis onto landlords to take expedited action to provide occupants with access to charging capability and to cope with the influx in demand for electric cars.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 2 min Read
  • Domestic Abuse - the court's approach to children proceedings

    Family law expert, Sophie Key considers the recent judgement in Re H-N and Others and its impact on disputes regarding the arrangements for children where domestic abuse is alleged.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 4 min Read
  • What could be improved about the Apple Watch, Fitbit and Samsung SmartWatch and their companion health applications?

    Our team’s latest analysis looks at the strengths and shortcomings of these popular smartwatches and their corresponding companion apps.

    added by Coderus 1 min Read
  • Food for thought - your intellectual property is worth protecting

    In the food and beverage industry, you may think that your products speak for themselves. You have dedicated your time to finding the perfect taste, look and smell for the customer, so why would you need to protect something as intangible as intellectual property?

    added by Howes Percival LLP 4 min Read
  • Divorce & Pensions - the implications of applying for your decree absolute

    Amy Walpole, Partner at Howes Percival and Family Solicitor, offers guidance on the importance of protecting your pensions entitlements attached to pension sharing orders following divorce.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 3 min Read
  • Special occasion contact: top tips

    Father's Day is fast approaching and whilst many separated parents are successful in amicably navigating special occasions with one another; this is not the case for every family.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 2 min Read
  • New day, new notice period: Government announces further changes to the residential possession procedure

    Landlords (and their solicitors) have been eagerly awaiting news of whether the Government will ease some of the current restrictions in place on residential possession as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The current restrictions, including a restriction on residential evictions and longer notice periods for section 21 and section 8 notices, are in place until 31 May 2021.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 1 min Read
  • Living the (rural) dream? Don't make a stink

    Over a million properties in rural areas are unable to connect to the main sewerage infrastructure and rely instead on off-mains drainage systems. The individual property owner is responsible for the system and liable for any pollution arising from failures in the system.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 5 min Read
  • How would the Coderus team improve the NHS Digital Contact Tracing App?

    In this blog we discuss the example code our team has written for features we believe would improve user experience and enhance safety.

    added by Coderus 1 min Read
  • Does your public sector mobile app adhere to government accessibility guidelines?

    The deadline for mobile apps to meet accessibility standards is fast approaching on the 23rd of June 2021.

    added by Coderus 1 min Read
  • How to Find the Best Mobile App Development Agency for Your Project

    This article discusses the best practices for choosing a mobile app development company.

    added by Coderus 1 min Read
  • The right to work from home

    The coronavirus pandemic has revolutionised the way we work. Boris told us to work from home and we did! We worked from home in a way we had never done before. This was not possible for all roles but we have seen people performing duties from home which we never dreamed would be possible! A large part of this is down to better investment in and use of technology. These are big positives we can take from a pretty awful year.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 3 min Read
  • Decree Absolute - is that the end?

    Head of Family Law at Howes Percival, Justine Flack highlights four things you should consider when divorce proceedings come to an end.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 3 min Read
  • Webinar Wrap-Up: Where in the Warehouse?

    In March 2021 the CW Location SIG were joined online by two industrial IoT experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges of indoor positioning services. If you missed the event, you can access the video through CW's resources, or continue with this blog for a quick summary!

    added by CW (Cambridge Wireless) 5 min Read
  • Lockdown Diary 4: Collaboration, stealth mode and whiteboards

    Next up in our Lockdown Diary series, we speak with Samy Fodil, founder and CEO of Taubyte – the CW award-winning Dallas-based tech start-up – heralds the benefits of collaborating in-person, discusses coming out of stealth mode and looks ahead to plans for the Edge in 2021. (All with the kids playing in the background!)

    added by CW (Cambridge Wireless) 3 min Read
  • What are the key SMART technology trends expected to gain momentum in 2021?

    SMART technology has become increasingly pervasive in society and can now be identified in almost every aspect of our lives, from the technology involved with heating your home to the devices that keep us safe in our cities.

    added by Coderus 1 min Read
  • 2021- The Year for Recovery, the Year for Construction

    In early March 2020, nobody could have anticipated the impact the COVID pandemic would have on the UK economy and Britain as a whole. No business or individual can fail to have been affected in some manner.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 11 min Read
  • How will technology continue to transform the restaurant industry in 2021?

    How is the restaurant industry changing because of technology and the pandemic and what trends can we expect for restaurant and food service owners in 2021?

    added by Coderus 1 min Read
  • Lockdown Diary 3: Technology makes life better

    Next in our new series of conversations with friends of Cambridge Wireless, award-winning engineer Yue Wang shares her 2020 experience, including the new conference norm, winning the CW award, and the importance of 5G.

    added by CW (Cambridge Wireless) 3 min Read
  • Lockdown Diary 2: Coders of Colour marches on

    Next up in our series of conversations with friends of Cambridge Wireless, we hand the reins to Tolulope Ogunremi, founder of diversity in tech group Coders of Colour. The organisation were winners of the ‘Greatest impact on Diversity and Inclusion in Technology’ award at this year’s CWIC event, and Tolulope talks about how this year has been and how, even in lockdown, they continued to help the next generation of coders to be inspired through their work.

    added by CW (Cambridge Wireless) 3 min Read
  • Lockdown Diary 1: "Anticipation, empathy and opportunities"

    In the first of a new series of conversations with friends of Cambridge Wireless, Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of smart cities infrastructure specialists Connected Kerb – winner of CWIC’s Most Innovative Startup Award this year – talks about his lockdown experience, how teamwork, empathy and a people-focus have been crucial, and looks ahead to EV in 2021.

    added by CW (Cambridge Wireless) 3 min Read
  • Straight talking for in-house marketers

    A quick Q+A with our MD Sarah

    added by KISS 2 min Read
  • Top tips for operators considering changing the use of their licensed premises

    As the restrictions imposed on everyday life in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, licensing and planning law specialist Jamie Childs examines what operators of licensed premises should consider when contemplating changing the use of their premises.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 3 min Read
  • Science Comms – a how-to guide for times like these

    One odd silver lining these days is that the amorphous topic of ‘science’ and its value in our lives is much more discussed!

    added by KISS 2 min Read
  • Smart factories: Mobile network characteristics and main KPIs

    Thanks to our CWTEC sponsor Rohde & Schwarz for this blog

    2 min Read
  • The highs and lows of the virtual ‘courtroom’ experience at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC)

    In June and July 2020, Appleyard Lees litigated an unprecedented number of trials in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) – which were held in an equally unprecedented, virtual format. The following outlines our experience and our learnings. We hope this will be helpful for other attorneys, solicitors and litigants with upcoming trials at the IPEC which, since March 2020 and for the foreseeable future, will be held virtually.

    added by Appleyard Lees IP LLP 3 min Read
  • Furloughed Employees Should Receive Full Redundancy Payments and Notice Pay

    The Government have introduced the Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week’s pay Regulations 2020 effective from the 31st July 2020. It ensures furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay and statutory notice pay based on their normal pay if they were working, rather than a reduced furlough rate.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 2 min Read
  • Marketers need a 5-year plan

    As we have said recently, a lot of well-qualified economists and commentators suggest we’re quite likely facing a ‘W’ shaped recovery. This seems realistic – so we’re recommending that marketers should anticipate this – and to cope with it, table a strong and realistic five-year plan.

    added by KISS 4 min Read
  • Getting to know the human behind the client

    I lead my first ‘lockdown’ pitch over Microsoft Teams last month for a global tech company and I had huge reservations about the whole pitch process. Would the Wi-Fi hold out? Would the client be able to hear me? Would someone walk in and start hoovering the carpet at any moment?

    added by KISS 2 min Read
  • Marketing in 2020: how to survive, adapt and thrive

    As a marketer preparing for the next 12 months it would be easy to feel overwhelmed or uncertain, even fearful. Here are some key actions we recommend to help you survive, adapt and thrive over the coming months.

    added by KISS 3 min Read
  • Influence with influencers

    With the explosion in influencer marketing - the industry was worth $2bn in 2017 and is set to reach $15bn by 2022 - I often describe social media as a bit like Times Square: you’ve got thousands of people all in one place and all these brands fighting for your attention.

    added by KISS 3 min Read
  • Quarantine Employment Rights

    Howes Percival's employment and HR law experts discuss what employers need to consider when dealing with employees returning from destinations which are subject to quarantine measures.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 5 min Read
  • How ‘movements’ create an environment of change

    It starts with an injustice, which manifests into anger and frustration. It then turns into a movement, which is vocalised through protests. It moves into a political debate, and then eventually a change of the mind helps create an environment of harmony and understanding – well that’s the hope anyway!

    added by KISS 3 min Read
  • Can you continue furlough payments during redundancy notice periods?

    Caroline Illing, associate in the employment team at Howes Percival, explains the legality of using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to cover the cost of redundancy notice periods.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 2 min Read
  • 100% virtual should be the new normal

    The pandemic is rewriting the rules of customer experience. But what do Covid’s sudden seismic shifts mean for marketers long term? I think it’s wise to expect even more emphasis for the long term on the virtual brand experience – in fact 100% virtual should be the new normal.

    added by KISS 2 min Read
  • Pivot – the most overused word of the last 13 weeks?

    I’ve lost count of the amount of times the word ‘pivot’ has been used in Zoom and Teams meetings over the last 13 weeks! It’s very clear from what we’ve all recently experienced that many businesses and organisations across the globe have had to swiftly change their plans and ‘pivot’.

    added by KISS 2 min Read
  • Navigating your way out of lockdown

    Carl Mifflin, Partner and Head of Restructuring and Insolvency at Howes Percival, considers the challenges facing businesses as we emerge from lockdown.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 2 min Read
  • Recovery marketing – the big W

    Of all the predictions for the shape of the economy as we recover, most analysts say a ‘W’ is the most likely and the best way to plan marketing.

    added by KISS 2 min Read
  • Creativity in crisis

    We’re more adaptable than we ever thought. Even in January this year the idea of working full-time from home, teaching our own kids or being unable to visit friends was unthinkable. Even in early March we were still carrying on fairly normally with life, at least in the UK. But with startling speed we have found ourselves in the grip of an unprecedented situation. I don’t want to make light of a true crisis but I do think it’s amazing how people everywhere are getting creative, adapting and inspiring us.

    added by KISS 1 min Read
  • Coronavirus Job retention Scheme and Furloughed Workers

    Howes Percival's employment law experts answer some frequently asked questions in relation to the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

    added by Howes Percival LLP 23 min Read
  • KISS celebrates rankings success of PROI Worldwide

    Creative marketing agency KISS is a proud partner in PROI Worldwide, which has recently ranked fourth place in the PRovoke Media 2020 Global Holding Group rankings – jumping up a spot on its fifth place ranking in 2019.

    added by KISS 1 min Read
  • Staying connected – working from home

    With home working as our new way of life businesses have had to think of innovative ways to keep in touch with employees. It’s become even more important for companies to ensure team morale remains high and ensure that there’s a consistent dialogue between employer and employee.

    added by KISS 3 min Read
  • Turn the spotlight on your internal comms

    If you’ve spent the last seven weeks ramping up your messaging and external comms, I hope you’ve also factored your internal comms into the mix too!

    added by KISS 3 min Read
  • COVID-19 (Part 3): Using data-driven decision making to navigate a path back to normality

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the crucial need for a rapid, joined-up approach to tackling such threats to our health – and virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Technology holds the key to ensuring we can live with the virus threat rather than dying from it. In the third of a series of three blogs, we look at how data fusion can unlock vital understanding of our invisible enemy.

    added by GeoSpock 2 min Read
  • COVID-19 (Part 2): Why moving from reactionary to proactive solutions is key

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the crucial need for a rapid, joined-up approach to tackling such threats to our health – and virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Technology holds the key to ensuring we can live with the virus threat rather than dying from it. In the second of a series of three blogs, we look at some of the problems with current pandemic mitigation approaches – and whether a better technology solution exists.

    added by GeoSpock 3 min Read
  • Don’t look back, you are not going that way

    The current pandemic is a true tragedy, particularly in the UK, and I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of it – but it is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a rethink.

    added by KISS 2 min Read
  • COVID-19 (Part 1): Balancing stakeholder concerns for a joined-up solution

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the crucial need for a rapid, joined-up approach to tackling such threats to our health – and virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Technology holds the key to ensuring we can live with the virus threat rather than dying from it. In the first of a series of three blogs, we explore how different sectors of society are being affected, what their concerns are – and what their desired outcomes look like.

    added by GeoSpock 4 min Read
  • The (neuro)science behind storytelling in video ads!

    It's no mystery that humans like stories. In fact, our brain is evolutionarily wired to follow the connections between a series of events relying on cause and effect – that's in a nutshell what narratives are made of.

    added by KISS 2 min Read
  • Driving forward chemistry-related innovation during COVID-19 disruption: a task list for researchers to complete during their time at home

    Lab-based scientists may not be able to access their workspace during lockdown, but there are things that can be done remotely to further their IP programme. In part one of our series, “Progressing innovation outside the lab”, Appleyard Lees partner, patent attorney and chemist Kate Hickinson outlines tasks that chemistry-focused researchers and scientists, ordinarily based in labs, can complete during their time at home. The article provides six strategic tasks that will further chemistry-related intellectual property during COVID-19 disruption.

    added by Appleyard Lees IP LLP 5 min Read
  • You need clear key messages now more than ever

    All of us have extra worries in these unprecedented times. But today, more than ever, being clear about your key messages is vital.

    added by KISS 2 min Read
  • Why I chose Strategy as a career

    I chose a career in strategy because it’s the best job in the world. It’s the kind of job where the more you learn, the less you know. It’s a role that seems to confuse people: what even is a strategist? If you check out LinkedIn, most people have the word ‘strategy’ in their list of skills. I have found my own way of answering this question; it is our job to define business problems, identify what’s contributing to them and develop key insight that lies behind the ‘idea’ that we develop. The strategy work itself can take many forms.

    added by KISS 3 min Read

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