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What is the Pekama IP Community?

The Pekama IP Community is a trusted network of IP firms that work in favourable conditions with each other and are committed to supporting each other in growing each member’s IP practice.

How does it work?

The Pekama IP Community is a reputation-based system – it favours firms that support the community and its members. Contribution to the community is rewarded with community score and members are encouraged to work with firms with a higher community score.

We already know that community members who choose to work with other members are more pleased with the services they receive, receive more reciprocal work and have better ROI than any other form of business cooperation.

Our goal is to be the go-to place for working with foreign associates.

Is working with Pekama ethical and safe?

Absolutely. We are a highly ethical organisation. Feel free to read our ethical policy (below).

Where to start?

We recommend that you start by exploring the site.

Start by browsing existing community members, identifying community members that send work to your jurisdiction and saving them for later (when you have a case, you will get back to them).

Growing your Community score

Head to the GROW tab. This is where you build your community score, your online reputation on Pekama.

Community score is an incredible mechanism. It allows firms to get a real picture of the amount and type of activity of other firms on the platform. Pekama members who use it to send outbound work usually come back and believe in the system and the concept of a community. They therefore look for other firms that feel the same way and would be looking at the community score of the firms that they are looking at and prefer firms with a higher score.

There are three ways to grow your community score:

  • When you send a case to another member, you receive 100 points. You can start an inquiry to check members up and you don’t have to proceed with them.
  • When you invite a new member to the platform, you receive 50 points if that member signs up.
  • When you invite your own firm’s members (your team) you receive 5 points whenever one of your team members signs up.

 

Inviting your existing foreign associates

We firmly recommend that you invite all your existing foreign associates onto Pekama. This will allow you to work with them on Pekama and build up your community score by doing so. At the same time, if you invited a foreign associate who is not already on the platform, there will be no fee for any of you when you work with them. You will also appear on the top of their list for your jurisdiction. And finally, both you and your foreign associate will get a community score uplift when they sign following an invitation.

Pekama has grown from 0 to 800 members in just 6 months. It is likely that your foreign associates will have a Pekama account shortly anyway so help them out by inviting them yourself!

Your first outbound case

When you are ready to send your first outbound case, you can do it by choosing some members and clicking + START A NEW CASE. You can easily compare members’ prices, responses, and you can correspond with members until you are happy to proceed with one (you don’t have to proceed with anyone).

When a member confirms safe receipt of your case, your community score is boosted.

Pekama charges $50 from the recipient of the case for using the platform to manage the case. We offer subscription options as well.

Pekama doesn’t handle payments between firms but if a firm does not pay you and no proper reason is provided, we will get involved and, in extreme cases, will remove firms from the community for not paying. This gives you an extra layer of confidence and protection.

Our premium service – a great solution for busy IP firms

Many of our members are extremely busy. This is why we are offering a service whereby we will identify suitable firms and start an inquiry on behalf of our members. In doing so, we will try to identify firms based on what has been defined to us and unless otherwise instructed, suggest firms with reasonable prices, fast response times, fluent English and better chances of sending reciprocal work.

Our premium service is offered for 3 months on a complementary basis. After 3 months, we will make an offer based on the amount of activity. For firms with a great deal of activity, the service may be free forever!

Get in touch with jan at pekama dot com if you are interested in our premium service!

 

Pekama’s Ethical Policy

Pekama is a company that offer new and innovative ways for IP firms to operate.

The legal industry is highly regulated and in many countries there are limitations on what attorneys can do or cannot do.

The purpose of our ethical policy is to ensure our members that Pekama is committed to keeping a high ethical standard and to meeting the different rules of the many jurisdictions our members are coming from.

Whilst ethical rules vary, the principles are usually the same. We would therefore like to address the main points that our members are bringing up and to reassure them that being a Pekama member is a great ethical choice.

 

Our general commitment to ethics

We are committed to consider the ethical implications of our platform and to constantly work to make sure that our innovation is in line with ethical requirements.

We are committed to dealing with any questions and concerns brought up by members and will never dismiss any such concern. We will deal with any ethical issue with a “can do” attitude and will actively offer answers and solutions. Please don’t hesitate to raise any ethical issues with us.

Our Fees

Many jurisdictions do not allow attorneys to pay commissions or to split their fees at all or with non-attorneys. Other jurisdictions require that the attorneys disclose any arrangement of fee-splitting.

Pekama’s common billing model is charging a fixed amount (typically $50) from each member who manages a case over the platform.

Our fees are charged for the use of our platform, and hence, they do not amount to fee-splitting, or a referral commission.

We would like to make it absolutely clear that:

  • There is no fee for an introduction. In fact, members can start a conversation on Pekama with another member and carry on this conversation without a charge. The details of all members are open and members can find other members independently.
  • There is no fee for referral of work. Members are not obliged to use the Pekama platform to handle their work. Obviously, Pekama has no interest in supporting members who take their work off the platform and who are not interested to use it, but there is no obligation to pay a fee unless a member sees value in using the platform.
  • The fee is charged to use the platform to manage a case. Managing a case in Pekama means providing a better service to overseas members. It includes the storage of conversations and documents as well as access to the background docketing system.
  • There is no correlation between the case and the value of the case and the fee that we charged, which is a fixed management fee.

The use of Pekama is therefore equivalent to using a paid data rooms / online storage, and does not amount to fee splitting or a commission.

Confidentiality

Inquiries in Pekama start as conversations that include a Pekama member. We urge you to keep these conversations confined to published data and pricing information and general data and not to delve into specifics of cases. As soon as instructions are sent, we are automatically removed from these conversations. Pekama representatives can only enter conversations later for the purpose of technical support, if requested.

This means that Pekama representatives post-instructions have the same level of access as Microsoft does to Office 365, Google to Gmail, or Dropbox or Box to their products. In fact, there is a handful of people in Pekama who are allowed to enter conversations even for mere technical support.

Cloud services and security

Pekama stores conversations and documents in the cloud. Whilst there has been concerns in the past about cloud storage, there is now a consensus that cloud storage is much safer than in premise storage. Large pharma companies, as well as universities, are now storing all their data in secure cloud storage.

Pekama’s highly secure cloud storage is based on the AWS (Amazon) infrastructure in Ireland. This means that the US government has no access to it or an ability to obtain it with a warrant and that the data is subject to EU privacy law. AWS is known to be one of the most secure infrastructures in existence and is widely used for storing sensitive data, including governmental personal data.

All the data stored by Pekama is encrypted, both at rest and on the move.

Pekama does not store passwords. Instead, it stores the second degree hash values of passwords. This means that we don’t know what our members passwords are and are not able to enter their accounts without their permission.

Finally, Pekama instructs an external company of ethical hackers to try to penetrate its data and detect vulnerabilities on a regular basis. We constantly improve our data protection and add more and more layers of security.

Two Cambridge companies change the face of IP and Funding – Event Report

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Last week Pekama co-hosted an event titled ‘Cambridge Reinvents the Business of Innovation‘ with investment startup SyndicateRoom. SyndicateRoom were Pekama’s neighbours in Cambridge but recently moved to new offices in the Pitt building. This was the site for the introductory talks by James Sore, SyndicateRoom’s Chief Investment officer and Zeev Fisher, Pekama’s CEO and founder.

The intention was to bring together young start up firms (looking for funding and advice about Intellectual Property), IP professionals, and investors; allowing all parties to discuss their needs, ask advice, and offer their help.

The opening talk from SyndicateRoom’s Chief Investment Officer James Sore, was a great overview of what investors and startups should be thinking about when working together to get funding, to get their business off the ground. He covered some of the basics needed to attract investors as well as advice and lessons learned from his substantial experience in the financial and startup sectors.

As is not unusual with Zeev Fisher, the next presentation was both a light-hearted overview Pekama and how we work alongside some opinionated thoughts and ideas of how the IP legal process currently works.

Using the theme of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Zeev talked animatedly about how Pekama is breaking the traditional (Bad) ‘black box’ of IP legal practice and developing a platform for a more open and transparent way of working; allowing IP owners better access to their cases and legal documents for the benefit of both IP owners and IP attorneys.

As a successful SyndicateRoom portfolio company CEO, Zeev was able to talk about Pekama’s experience of working with SyndicateRoom and James could offer his thoughts on Pekama and how IP matters when making investment decisions.


When the Q&A session finished, we walked over to the Varsity Hotel’s rooftop bar for networking, drinks, and canapes. With a spectacular view over the roofs, trees, colleges, and spires of Cambridge, the scene was set for perfect evening of intense discussion amongst attendees.

In the picture – Zeev (left) and Goncalo (right) sharing last minute thoughts

Pekama Insight – Yasuhiro Suzuki Talks IP From Japan

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In the 2nd of our Pekama Supplier Interviews we talk to Yasuhiro Suzuki of Yasuhiro Patent Firm, Japan.

Hi Suzuki-San, how many IP professionals work in your firm?
Just 2

How long have you been practicing IP?
12 years

What is the focus of your practice?
Responsiveness and quality

Tell us a bit more about yourself. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Reading

What do you see as the biggest challenges to the IP industry?
Employing AI

If you don’t mind sharing what’s your firms most competitive advantage?
Thorough contribution to clients.

What are the biggest changes you have seen within the IP Industry?
Patent troll infestation

How do you see yourself making a difference to the IP Industry?
IP management consulting.

Turning to your services now, we want to assemble some useful information for our community members and make them more aware of the different ways IP is handled in different jurisdictions, so I would like to ask you some questions about IP protection in one of the jurisdictions where you practice. What is the jurisdiction that you would like to talk about?

Starting with patents – Is Japan member of the Paris convention and PCT?
Yes

What is the typical time from filing to grant in your jurisdiction?
1 to 1.5 year from filing the examination request

Is Japan a member of any PPH agreements?
Yes

Is there a green track for environmentally-friendly inventions?
Yes

Are there other acceleration processes?
Yes

Can you elaborate on opposition processes – how do they work, what do they typical cost and how long do they take?
Japan has post grant oppositions which can be filed by any persons (dummy) from the date of publication of grant within 6 months by claim. The time taken varies from case to case, typically 50% would complete within 12 months. The rate of cancellation would be less than 10% of total oppositions, but more than 60% of maintains were amended.

Are there any waivers from examinations and if yes, in which terms?
No

What’s the approach of your jurisdiction to software / business method patents?
Software patents are acceptable but business method patents themselves are not. If Business method is based on software or system patents, it should be acceptable.

Are there limitations to protection of healthcare-related inventions?
Yes. Method of diagnosis, cure and operation is not allowed.

Do you have utility models / innovation patents?
Yes. 

If yes – is there substantive examination?
No

Moving to trademarks –

Is Japan a member of the Madrid protocol?
Yes

Are there multi-class applications in Japan?
Yes

What are the minimum filing requirements?
Mark, international class, goods/services, applicant name

Is a certified priority document required?
Yes

What is the opposition period?
2 months from publication

What is the use requirement and when do marks become vulnerable for cancellation?
Use of registered trademark for registered goods/services. 3 years.

For how long are trademarks valid?
5 years or 10 years (applicant can select)

What is the approach to 3D trademarks?
3D trademark is not allowed if it consists of only three-dimensional shapes spontaneously arising from the trademark.

How do you see your future involvement in the Pekama community?
Contributor as a major player

What can Pekama do to help you and your business grow?
Pekama is a good networking tool which connects with attorneys worldwide and builds trust among them.

What can I do for you already that can help your firm?
Quality of members in Pekama is very important.

What are the leading economic sectors which you service in your country?
Information Technology, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics, Control Engineering

Pekama Insight – Dr. Sudhir Ravindran Talks IP From India

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In the 1st of our Pekama Insight member interviews we talk to Dr. Sudhir Ravindran of Altacit Global, India.

Hi Sudhir, how many IP professionals work in your firm?
20

How long have you been practicing IP?
18 Years

What is the focus of your practice?
Corporate & Intellectual Property

Tell us a bit more about yourself. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am the founder of Altacit Global, a leading Indian Law Firm. I am the author of the Book Intellectual Property Risk Management, published by LexisNexis. A Engineer & Lawyer, with Master Degrees in both streams from the University of Warwick. I have also been awarded a Doctorate (Phd) in Law from Nalsar University, India. I enjoy reading and watching movies in my spare time.

What do you see as the biggest challenges to the IP industry?
Prosecution and Judicial Delays are the biggest challenges to the IP Industry.

If you don’t mind sharing what’s your firms most competitive advantage?
A boutique firm with strong regional presence in India with offices in Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad and Coimbatore

What are the biggest changes you have seen within the IP Industry?
Less investment by Indian companies even to protect their core IP.

How do you see yourself making a difference to the IP Industry?
Providing a sound strategy and 360 degree planning

Turning to your services now, we want to assemble some useful information for our community members and make them more aware of the different ways IP is handled in different jurisdictions, so I would like to ask you some questions about IP protection in one of the jurisdictions where you practice. What is the jurisdiction that you would like to talk about?

Starting with patents –   Is India member of the Paris convention and PCT?
Yes

What is the typical time from filing to grant in your jurisdiction?
3 to 4 years

Is India a member of any PPH agreements?
No

Is there a green track for environmentally-friendly inventions?
No

Are there other acceleration processes?
For Startup Companies there exists an acceleration process

Can you elaborate on opposition processes – how do they work, what do they typical cost and how long do they take?
India has both pre-grant and post grant oppositions. Pre-grant oppositions can be filed from the date of publication to the date of grant. Post grant application can be filed from the date of publication of grant within 12 months. The time taken is anywhere between 12 to 36 months

Are there any waivers from examinations and if yes, in which terms?
No waivers from examination are available

What’s the approach of your jurisdiction to software / business method patents?
Under Section 3(k) of the Indian Patent Act “a mathematical or business method or a computer programe per se or algorithms” are not patentable in India.

Are there limitations to protection of healthcare-related inventions?
There are no limitations to protection of healthcare related inventions. However, under Section 3(i) of the Indian Patent Act “any process for the medicinal, surgical, curative, prophylactic [diagnostic, therapeutic] or other treatment of human beings or any process for a similar treatment of animals to render them free of disease or to increase their economic value or that of their product” are not patentable in India

Do you have utility models / innovation patents?
No

If yes – is there substantive examination?

Moving to trademarks –

Is India a member of the Madrid protocol?
Yes

Are there multi-class applications in Japan?
Yes

What are the minimum filing requirements?
User Affidavits are basic requirement

Is a certified priority document required?
Yes

What is the opposition period?
Oppositions have to be filed within a period of 4 months from publication

What is the use requirement and when do marks become vulnerable for cancellation?
Non use for a continuous period of 5 years

For how long are trademarks valid?
10 years on a renewable basis

What is the approach to 3D trademarks?
India permits the registration of 3D trademarks.

How do you see your future involvement in the Pekama community?
Strong Partner and Contributor.

What can Pekama do to help you and your business grow?
Pekama helps in both outward and inward referrals which helps get in new work.

What can I do for you already that can help your firm?
Pekama is not merely a tool or platform, it helps connects in real time law firms and attorneys around the world. IP prosecution is time sensitive and the insistence on timely response helps us address our respective client needs.

What are the leading economic sectors which you service in your country?
Pharma, Information Technology, Automotive, Consumer Goods.

Pekama 2.0 is here to help IP attorneys grow their practice

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When we started the Pekama IP Community to empower IP attorneys and help them grow their practice. We took it upon ourselves to turn the IP world into a connected community, bring IP firms in different locations closer together and help them work with each other faster and more efficiently, on the basis of good data and a community vibe.

Within just 6 months, our membership base grew to over 800. An IP attorney can now rely on Pekama fully for her or his filing needs all over the world, but more importantly, any IP attorney knows that working with Pekama Community members means a higher chance to receive work from other community members.

Many of our members pointed out many things we could improve on the site. We were listening and learning and we are now incredibly proud to announce Pekama 2.0 – our new, shining, so-much-better, community platform.

Here’s part of what’s new: 

  • A new design – nicer, cleaner, professional-looking, design that is easier and clearer to use. We took a lot of advice from professionals to make Pekama easier and more intuitive.
  • Multiple countries in a single query – You can start conversations and request quotes for multiple jurisdictions in a single query. This is ideal for national phase applications or EP validations, or trademarks in different countries.
  • A single-number quote – You can now respond to a query with a single number quote which means a much easier way to see and compare quotations.
  • An opportunities area –  We now allow you to search for firms that have work in your jurisdiction and save them for later. This makes it easier to send work to firms who are more likely to reciprocate.

We hope you enjoy the new Pekama Community and would be very pleased to hear from you!

Yours,
Zeev, the Founder

Welcome to our new blog!

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Welcome to the Pekama new blog! Our blog will give us a unique opportunity to share news, updates and healthy living content, while also offering another place for us to interact with our community.

We look forward to growing with you as we embark on this new journey. Thanks for stopping by!

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