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Rule 3: Ace the patent application process

Rule 3: Ace the patent application process

Rule 3 of 7 Sometimes it is not only what you do right but what you don’t do wrong that counts! Plan your decision-making and funding processes to ensure instructions are sent well ahead of deadlines. This will avoid translation urgency fees, and late fees for submitting executed powers of attorney and assignments (where required). […]

Rule 2: Select countries intelligently

Rule 2: Select countries intelligently

Rule 2 of 7 Before selecting countries, do your homework on the competitive landscape, market opportunities and IP system that each potential jurisdiction offers. For consumer goods, first cover existing markets (typically including your home country if not already covered). For many products, that will mean the USA and Europe, possibly followed by secondary markets […]

Rule 1: File a PCT application instead of direct foreign filings

Rule 1: File a PCT application instead of direct foreign filings

Rule 1 of 7 As the convention priority year comes to a close, decisions need to be made about the invention that is the subject of the priority filing. Is there sufficient commercial interest (or advantage) to justify the costs of continuing with the patent process? If so, in how many countries is patent protection […]

Seven Ideas for Reducing Foreign Filing Costs

Seven Ideas for Reducing Foreign Filing Costs

Many of the patent owners, their IP departments and patent attorneys we speak to are under budget pressure. This is especially the case in the essential – but relatively high cost – area of international patent protection. A recession might last a year or two, but patents last for twenty years. It’s therefore a delicate […]