March was the month that…

By Raspberry Jim,

… surprised us!

If we thought February was a busy month, March took us all by surprise!

With new clients, award shows, and our jammers taking their skills into the classroom, we’ve had plenty to shout about.

Here’s a quick look at what we’ve been up to. … Continue reading

What is Open Innovation and what does it mean for businesses?

By Raspberry Jim,


Recently, growing attention has been devoted to the concept of Open Innovation, both in academia as well as in industry. Here, Matthew Veale, Senior Trainee Patent Attorney at Wynne-Jones IP covers what Open Innovation is and what it means for you and your intellectual property rights.

What is Open Innovation?
Open Innovation is the development of innovative solutions made on the basis of collaboration between a number of parties. It has the advantages of shortening the time to innovate, sharing risks, and reducing costs.

Open Innovation offers a different model to the historical closed model where the entire innovative process is carried out internally by companies, often in secret.

There have been misconceptions that Open Innovation and owning Intellectual Property Rights are mutually exclusive, when in reality they positively complement each other. Open Innovation is a term used to promote innovating with collaborators by ‘sharing risk and sharing reward’ – the problem is caused by what the term ‘sharing’ means.

An example of headline Open Innovation initiatives is when Tesla decided to open up their patent portfolio to the world – the move has been subject of much debate. It can be argued that they have given away their greatest competitive advantage or alternatively, it can be argued that they have shortened their innovation cycle by removing the disclosure stage of discussions with potential collaborators; the truth probably lies somewhere in between.

Comparison of Open and Closed Innovation

IP and Open Innovation
In the context of Open Innovation, intellectual property plays a new role, which no longer reflects the historical defensive mechanism adopted by companies.

For example, to date, companies have been using their patents to block competitors and operate on the market based on the notion of a patent as a negative right to exclude others rather than to enable innovation. Yet, on the contrary, patent protection assists companies to commercialise their solutions and safely enter into Open Innovation agreements, with limited risks of seeing their assets appropriated by their collaborators.

Indeed, patents are extremely important for the innovative process since they protect and disclose at the same time.

Open Innovation is facilitated by effective intellectual property protection. Clear ownership helps in sharing of knowledge, as collaborators are more willing to enter into transactions and agreements to exchange their inventions.

Strong intellectual property strategies are of utmost importance for small entities with very specific R&D capabilities and which require larger entities to commercialise their products. They would fail to attract collaborators and investors if lacking a robust intellectual property strategy.

Because of the nature of Open Innovation, efficient intellectual property management is essential for the success of the project. Sharing knowledge, technology and expertise between collaborators is an enormous benefit that could nevertheless entail a risk of loss of such assets and free-riding, if not managed effectively.

Accordingly, a co-development of activities carried out in an Open Innovation environment requires a clear agreement on ownership of any resultant IP, particularly where parties to the development have no previously registered IP in the relevant activity.

Are you considering entering into Open Innovation?

Questions you should ask yourself:

  • What will happen to my concept?
  • How can I protect my products if I do not fully own the IP rights?
  • How can I protect my trade secrets and know-how from being lost within such a process?
  • What is happening to my position in the long run by sharing or licencing my IP rights?

If you are considering engaging in Open Innovation, you will need to assess the impact of your decisions now and in the future. Such arrangements can be very rewarding, but you should also remember to protect yourself.

To speak to Wynne-Jones IP about Open Innovation, or any other IP-related issue, email Victor Caddy at or call 01242 267600.

Former Rugby Player, teenage mum and children’s nurse set to star in new S4C show

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A teenage mum, a children’s nurse and a former rugby player are three of the people chosen to feature in a new health and fitness programme on S4C.

FFIT Cymru, which is hitting screens from April 10, will follow five participants as they aim to transform their lifestyles for the better.

During the series, which runs for eight episodes, the five participants will embark on a journey of a lifetime, supported, advised and guided by the show’s team of experts; personal trainer Rae Carpenter, dietitian Sioned Quirke and psychologist Dr. Ioan Rees.

Serial snacker Mathew Thomas, who weighs in at over 21 stone, is hoping to transform his eating habits and shift the pounds after his wife persuaded him to apply for the show. The dad-of-three from Anglesey, who had a promising rugby career ended by injury, has already turned his life around after a 12-month stint in jail, after he fell into the wrong crowd . He is now hoping to overhaul his lifestyle with the help of FFIT Cymru’s team of experts.

Teenage mum Catherine Lewis, from Caernarfon, is hoping the show will not only help her lose weight but gain confidence. The 19-year-old mum-of-one has never been on a night out with friends as she feels too self-conscious about her weight. Having got engaged to her partner, Jac, at Christmas, she has yet to go wedding dress shopping as she wants to lose weight before walking into a shop.

Having struggled with his weight since he was young, Leon Welsby’s weight issues came to a head after the rollercoaster fanatic queued two-and-a-half hours to go on a ride in Spain, only to be turned away because he wouldn’t fit in the seat.  A night-time binge eater, Leon, who lives in Bridgend, is heading back to Spain in August with his employer – the Urdd – and his target is to be able to fit in the rollercoaster.

Children’s nurse Nic Davies wants to be a better role model to his two sons, Macs and Guto, and in his words, be a “Ffit Father, not Fat Father!”. The Llanelli resident used to play rugby 2-3 times a week, but piled on the pounds when he stopped playing due to the birth of his kids. The shift-worker is hoping to overhaul his lifestyle after his colleagues and doctors at Glangwili Hospital have also been nagging him to lose weight.

By her own admission, head teacher Judith Owen from Caernarfon has used her health issues as an excuse not to do physical exercise. The busy mum-of-two has suffered with Crohns disease for 20 years. After several surgical procedures, which saw her on one occasion contract MRSA, which put her life at risk, she had an ileostomy bag fitted. Despite more recently being diagnosed with epilepsy, doctors have advised her to do more physical activity. With an active family, she wants to do FFIT Cymru to do something for herself and sees it as her opportunity to ‘shine.’

Whittled down from 200 applicants, 14 hopefuls joined the FFIT Cymru team for an assessment day where they were put through their paces, emotionally and physically.

The final five were then revealed when the show’s presenter Lisa Gwilym surprised them at their homes and places of work with the news. She said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with our ‘fab five’ who at our assessment day all showed a real desire to overhaul their lifestyles.

“While each have their own reason for wanting to take part, they are relatable to many people across Wales. A shift worker who skips meals, eats irregularly and unhealthy food, finding it hard to keep up a regular exercise schedule. A teenage mum who struggles with confidence issues. A busy working mum who struggles to fit exercise into her life. A busy professional who skips meals during the day but then binge eats in the evening. And a family man who struggles to eat healthily and exercise, snacks in the evening, yet wants to be a good role model for his family.

“We’re really looking forward to working with them over the next few months to transform their lifestyles and our team of experts will be on hand to support them every step of the way.

“I think our five will be incredibly motivating and inspirational for the people of Wales and I can’t wait for the show to air next month.”

FFIT Cymru is a new eight episode TV series made by Cwmni Da for S4C. It will be broadcast from 10 April 2018. For more information go online to






PS Properties & Interiors appoints industry-leading operations director

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A Cardiff-based business, which reinvests its profits into supporting people with mental health issues, has welcomed a new operations director.

David Plummer, joins PS Properties & Interiors with over 17 years’ experience across the building, interiors, and facilities management industries.

With roles at Bristol-based MCS Interiors, Lancer Scott Interiors & Build Division and Mitie Technical Facilities Management Limited, Mr Plummer will head up the day-to-day operations of PS Properties & Interiors.

As part of his new role he is aiming to drive continued growth at PS Properties and Interiors, which specialises in interior design, fit out and refurbishment, working with clients including Coastal Housing, Flexicare and Kin_Ilk.

Part of Gofal Enterprises Limited (GEL), a trading subsidiary of Gofal, all profits from PS Properties & Interiors are invested into the leading mental health and wellbeing charity.

Mr Plummer said it was a privilege to be working with the innovative company, which is helping to transform lives across Wales.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining PS Properties & Interiors as operations director and sincerely hope I can continue to build on the fantastic work this business does.

“Not only do we carry out quality interior refurbishments, transforming spaces into useable homes and offices which bring immeasurable benefits, but PS Properties &Interiors also supports numerous people with mental health issues across Wales.

“This truly is a fantastic company which is utterly devoted to supporting others and bringing about change.

“It is my pleasure to join the team and I look forward to driving growth and exploring new development opportunities going forwards.”

Mr Plummer’s appointment was also hailed as a “significant step forward” for the company by managing director, Matthew Cole.

Mr Cole said: “Dave has been a leading influence in the interior and refurbishment sector for a number of years, so we are thrilled to welcome someone of his calibre and experience to the team.

“We are certain that his appointment will be a significant step in the right direction for PS Properties & Interiors, and subsequently GEL and Gofal too.

“He is a highly motivated and dedicated person and I look forward to seeing what ideas he brings to the company over the next year.”


Cardiff Bus to roll out contactless payments across network

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Paying for your journey on Cardiff Bus will become even easier with the introduction of contactless payment technology across its entire network from Sunday 25th March

This comes following a successful trial period across the bus operator’s baycar, 27, 57 and 58 services in the past few months.

The contactless payment technology will complement existing payment methods, including mobile and online payment options via the iff card portal, as well as its direct debit scheme, allowing greater flexibility and choice for millions of customers who choose Cardiff Bus.

It is hoped the new payment method will further help speed up boarding times and improve journey times, commercial manager of Cardiff Bus Gareth Stevens said.

Mr Stevens added: “We are delighted to be launching the contactless card payment option across our entire network of bus services.

“This will provide our customers with even more ways to pay for their travel, continuing our investment in alternative payment technologies.

“With mobile ticketing, online payment and our direct debit scheme, there are already a number of ways customers can pay before they board a bus, some of which offer a discount to fares on the day of purchase.

“This additional payment option now gives more flexibility, meaning our customers will no longer need to worry about having enough cash when they board our buses.”

Customers with any questions about the new contactless payment technology from Cardiff Bus or queries about any other payments are advised to visit



Why more women are saying I Do to prenuptial agreements

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Wales’s brides-to-be are increasingly ready to sign a prenuptial agreement ahead of their vows, an expert family solicitor has revealed.

Jodi Winter, partner at CJCH Solicitors and head of Family, Matroidal and Childcare law, said the firm had seen a definite increase in engaged women entering into a prenuptial agreement before saying I Do in recent years.

A prenuptial agreement is a formal written agreement both parties enter into ahead of the marriage, which details ownership of any property, assets and finances and outlines how they will be divided in the event of a divorce.

Ms Winter, who works at the firm’s Barry office, said the influx in women consulting a solicitor could be attributed to people choosing to marry later in life.

She said: “At CJCH Solicitors we have seen a definite increase in women entering into prenuptial agreements.

“Historically, it was always men who looked into this ahead of the marriage, however that trend has definitely shifted and more women are looking to instigate this now.

“I think this comes down to the fact that they are getting married later in life, having pursued their careers and ensuring they are financially stable. As such they want to ensue the property, assets, and finances they have acquired are protected in the event of a divorce.”

Ms Winter, whose legal specialisms also include cohabitation agreements, said overall the firm had seen an increase in the number of people in Wales entering into a prenuptial agreement ahead of their wedding, with both men and women making more enquiries.

She said that as women and men married later in life they were more cautious about protecting themselves financially as they entered into marriage.

She added: “We see a lot of people getting married for the first time in their mid to late 30s now, who have got their own properties, business and other assets.

“Equally, there are a lot of more mature people entering into their second marriage, having already gone through divorce once.

“I think that age is a definite factor in the decision to enter into a prenuptial agreement, and I think the gradual rise we have seen in drafting agreements can be linked with later marriages.”

Ms Winter also outlined the top considerations to couples considering entering a prenuptial agreement ahead of their big day.

When should proceedings start?

This should be carried out at least 28 days ahead of the wedding to ensure all matters are resolved ahead of the ceremony. Allow as much time as possible to ensure all matters are thoroughly considered, negotiated and signed without any unnecessary pressure.

What does a prenuptial agreement protect?

A prenuptial agreement can protect all aspects of both partner’s finances, assets, and property which they acquired before getting married. It can also protect inherited assets,  children’s inheritance, control over a business, protect one partner against the other’s debt, and savings.

How do you make a start?

You can get in touch with the expert Family and Childcare Law team at CJCH Solicitors which can guide you through the process. We have extensive experience in working with couples to ensure the outcome is fair and protects everyone’s interests.

What happens if you spilt without a prenuptial agreement in place?

Generally assets are divided 50/50 among both parties in the event of a divorce that doesn’t involve a prenuptial agreement. However, if you feel there is likely to be a financial, or asset imbalance, and there are elements you’d like to protect, then it could be worth entering into a prenuptial agreement.

What’s the difference between a prenuptial agreement and a cohabitation agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a formal written agreement both parties enter into ahead of a marriage, which outlines their individual entitlements in the event of a divorce. A cohabitation agreement is more specifically suited to couples who are living together, but are unmarried. This also outlines issues including ownership of assets after a divorce, child arrangements, and joint financial dealings. However, couples who are intending to marry while living together would be advised to get a prenuptial agreement before the wedding as it offers greater legal enforceability in the event of a separation.

CJCH Solicitors appoints ‘highly experienced’ court administrator

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A court administrator with over 15 years’ experience covering cases across south Wales has joined leading legal firm CJCH Solicitors.

Sally Ann Chapman has been appointed as the coordinator of the Court of Protection team based at the specialist firm’s Barry office.

Mrs Chapman joins the firm after developing her skills in the Court of Protection (CoP) since 2012 and building up vast experience across HM Courts and Tribunal Service since 2003.

Her extensive knowledge of the Court of Protection and the judicial system, will be of significant benefit to CJCH Solicitors and add to its breadth of expertise in this area, said head of the department for family and children law Jodi Winter.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sally to the firm having worked with her through the court system for a number of years.

“Her unparalleled first-hand experience is certain to be invaluable to our attorneys in the Court of Protection team. It is an absolute privilege to be working with someone of her experience and talent and we look forward to the positive impact this will have for CJCH.”

Before joining CJCH Solicitors, which has over 30 years’ experience in advising across all aspects of employment law and the provision of HR legal services, Mrs Chapman worked at the highest levels of Cardiff’s court system, assisting district judges and helping to streamline the Court of Protection’s online filing systems across all regions.

During her lengthy career she became the only CoP clerk to work with 10 judges through the Wales region, and managed over 70 live cases. Not only did she list cases at Cardiff court she also liaised with Swansea, Haverfordwest, Aberystwyth and Caernarfon.

Mrs Chapman believes her experience and effective working relationship with the court will be a “big asset” in her new role.

On her appointment she said: “I’m very excited to be joining CJCH Solicitors. I chose this firm as I enjoyed working with CJCH when I was with the court, I found the team to be friendly, efficient and helpful.

“I also knew they were the biggest firm in South Wales involved in CoP work, so I knew there would be plenty of opportunities to develop and grow within the firm.

“Through this role I am working with the team who represent the protected party. I am finding that there are some real opportunities to develop my skills and progress in my career. It is rewarding to be supporting vulnerable people to get the best care that they require.

“I look forward to continuing my professional development and understanding of my role and doing my work with confidence and precision. I am also looking forward to lots of challenges and opportunities that may come my way.”



Wales rugby star Gareth Davies appointed as Oil 4 Wales ambassador

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Wales international rugby star Gareth Davies has been appointed as an ambassador to leading oil distributor Oil 4 Wales.

The Scarlets’ scrum half, who is preparing to take to the pitch in the latest Six Nations’ fixture against Italy this weekend, has been named as the Welsh company’s latest high-profile ambassador.

The Carmarthen-born player will be joining iconic Oil 4 Wales ambassadors including fellow Wales’ rugby players Dan Biggar, Dan Lydiate, and Ken Owens, along with BBC Hill Farmer Gareth Wyn Jones, and entertainer and comedian Max Boyce.

On his new role he said it was a privilege to be supporting the national company, which supplies 16 million litres of fuel to 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales.

The Wales’ player said: “I’m delighted to be working with Oil 4 Wales as it makes such a difference to families and communities right across the country.

“Colin and the team really strive to provide a fantastic service for their customers, and always go the extra mile to support local people. Their community-focussed ethos has been even more evident this week as they’ve fought to get vital oil supplies to people in extremely challenging weather conditions.

“After hearing about all the worthwhile initiatives my fellow rugby players had had the opportunity to get involved in as ambassadors for the brand, it was a privilege to be asked and to join this brilliant family-run business.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the team in the future and would like to thank them for the opportunity.”

Mr Davies will be working with the oil distributor, which has depots in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Newtown, Lampeter, Maesteg, Brecon and Milford Haven, to support its vision of working with, and for, communities across Wales.

On the latest player appointment Mr Owens said he was thrilled to be adding more rugby talent to the proud Welsh brand.

He said: “Oil 4 Wales is a Welsh company which is proud to work for the people of Wales. As a patriotic brand we are delighted to be working alongside some of our nation’s finest rugby players, and we are thrilled to welcome Gareth to the Oil 4 Wales family.

“Our ambassadors selflessly undertake fantastic work throughout communities, including sports training sessions in schools, meeting customers at special events, and promoting the importance of adequate heating in homes. Their work represents everything that we as a brand stand for, and we couldn’t be prouder than to have them representing us.

“We’d like to wish Gareth and all the other boys good luck for this weekend and hope they bring home a Welsh win!”