Should you accelerate your patent applications?

We often find ourselves helping companies reconsider their IP strategy in view of the way that their company evolves. We are often finding that there is no IP strategy at all or that the company has not been thinking things through. In a previous note, I covered the issue of where to file the first patent application and addressed the strong connection that this...

The lean green tax machine!

Quicker access to granted patents, coupled with patent-friendly tax relief programmes, means it’s never been a better time to develop environmentally friendly products or processes in the UK! What’s the incentive? The Intellectual Property Office (that’s the British patent and trademark office) has for a few years been accelerating the examination of patent applications that have an environmental benefit. This...

The 3 most important facts about PCT national phase you may not know

When a first PCT application enters the national phase, IP becomes a major issue for a company. Up until then, dealing with patents is a sporadic issue requiring very little attention. Once a patent portfolio becomes global, IP owners need to dedicate significant attention and resources to their patents on a monthly or even weekly basis. Amazingly, we found that many...

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