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Patent Applications


These are the key times when a business should pay particular attention to IP:

  • starting out

  • seeking investment

  • spending money on research and development

  • spending money on branding such as your logos, signage, and website

  • establishing a digital presence

  • employing staff or contractors (or when a staff member is leaving)

  • dealing with confidential information

  • expanding into new areas or shifting business focus

  • importing or exporting

  • selling all or part of your business.

WHAT HAPPENS IF AFTER I’VE FILED MY PATENT APPLICATION, AN OVERSEAS COMPANY FILES FOR THE SAME INVENTION IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY?

What is involved in a Freedom to Operate (FTO) search?

Can I patent my product or technology?

What will a patent cost now and going forward?

Will my patent application grant?

When is the I right time to file a patent application?

Can I commercialise my product or technology without infringing rights?

What other intellectual property rights (IPR) can I secure?

Can I use and protect my trade mark?What will trade mark registration and clearance searching cost?

Can I register a design for my product?What international filing plans are available in addition to the PCT?

What should be my Intellectual Property/Commercialisation Strategy?

What do investors and commercialisation partners look for?

How do I commercialise my product or technology?

What opportunities and risks lie in my current intellectual property position, agreements and relationships?

How do I forecast intellectual property cost?How do I manage intellectual property costs?

What intellectual property policies and training should be in place in my business?

How do I engage staff in intellectual property awareness to leverage assets and manage risks?

WHY IS THE PRIORITY DATE OF A PATENT APPLICATION IMPORTANT?

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WHAT’S THE ‘PRIORITY DATE’ OF A PATENT APPLICATION?

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PATENT ‘SPECIFICATION’ AND A ‘PATENT APPLICATION’?

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Patents

I’VE NOTICED THAT A PATENT FOR A PRODUCT HAS LAPSED. AM I FREE TO MAKE THE PRODUCT?

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IS MY INVENTION PROTECTED FROM THE DAY I FILE MY PATENT APPLICATION?

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Provisional Patent Applications

WHAT IS AN ‘UPDATING’ PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION?

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DO PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS GET EXAMINED?

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Trade Marks

I’M STARTING A NEW BUSINESS. I’VE DECIDED ON A NAME FOR THE BUSINESS BUT I’M NOT SURE IF IT’S SAFE TO START USING IT. WHAT SORT OF ISSUES DO I NEED TO BE AWARE OF?

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