IP Engineering

Leading your technology to the right IP protection pathway

Invention Disclosures

Shaping ideas into inventions by the definition and description of new and protectable features. Creating valuable invention disclosures which can be transformed by IP attorneys into powerful patent applications, based on the current state of the art.

Thereby, a well-considered and clearly written invention disclosure will facilitate the effective evaluation of an invention and can result in better patent protectionSimplify and accelerate patent filing proceedings by accurate and comprehensive invention disclosures and save time and money.

IP Searches

Customized IP Searches based on your specific requirements. You decide the scope, profundity and representation of the search and its corresponding results. Jointly reviewing of implemented search strategies and considered selection criteria, to obtain IP information that really matters for your ongoing project.

Patent Searches

Implementation of precise and accurate patent search strategies, by the utilization of professional and commercial full-text patent databases (e.g. PatBase, Orbit Intelligence, PatentInspiration etc.) with access to over 135 million IP documents from over 100 patent organizations worldwide, including machine translations of Asian patent literature.

Moreover, consideration of scientific publications and the non-patent literature to ensure that most recent inventions and innovations, not yet published by the patent literature, can be identified.

Thereby, various kind of patent searches can be crucial in the evaluation process of innovative projects.

Outline Search

Brief but significant overview about the current state of the art in a technology area or product of interest.

Prior Art Search

Comprehensive patent search regarding the state of the art in a technology area of interest, including the assessment of relevance and where appropriate the evaluation of scientific publications.

Patentability (Novelty) Search

Patent search for the evaluation of novelty and inventive step of inventions. In doing so, comparing the invention to the identified state of the art, to prepare an invention for an intended patent application.

(In)validity Search

Supporting planned or ongoing litigations against potentially infringing patents by comprehensive patent searches, in order to identify patent and non-patent literature that could be crucial for the litigation process. On the other hand, mitigate the litigation risk and prepare contra arguments for a potential litigation by considering relevant and current patent data.

Freedom to Operate Search

In order to prepare a successful market launch and limit the risk for future litigation, a Freedom to Operate or Clearance Search will determine third-party IP rights of competitors, startups and other innovative companies and will give you the possibility to evaluate legally and technically the competitive landscape.

Patent Landscaping

The analysis of an IP and technology landscape will support the decision-making process for the orientation or prioritization of future R&D projects, for the design of new product developments or for the categorization of a company relative to its competitors in a technology sector.

Trademark and industrial design searches

Implementation of search strategies linked to branding and aesthetical appearances of products or services.

Before filing a trademark application, it is important to make sure that a brand name or label is free to use for the classes of products or services to which the brand may can be classified. The same applies for the registration of design rights. Thereby a search in official databases will help to identify similar and already protected brands and designs.

But that´s not all: trademark and design searches can furthermore assist to predict the launch of new products or services by competitors and can help companies to better understand market and consumer trends.

Strategic IP Management

What, How, When and Where: Defining appropriate IP protection plans for inventions, products, and services. Evaluating IP protection possibilities for your invention, product, or service according to the prior artthe technical background and competing products on the relevant market, in order to develop a cost-optimized and effective IP protection strategy.

What and How
Finding the right mix of protection between patentsutility modelstrade secrets and design rights and protecting inventions, products, and services with the support of IP attorneys.

Where and When
Designing effective IP protection strategies for innovations and inventions based on the developed exploitation strategycompetitor behaviors and market demands, in order to support the decision when and where to protect your IP.

Trainings

How can I do an IP search by my own? What are patent classifications? What is the structure of a patent? How can I interpretate the bibliographic and technical information of a patent? What must be considered when implementing an IP search strategy?

Based on the right mix of insightful information and best practice, helping participants from different areas of expertise to implement IP search strategies with free or commercial IP tools. Adapting workshops on your specific requirements, considering the previous knowledge of participants to create added value no matter if for scientists, engineers or business managers.

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