FAQ

How should I proceed in the following situations?

• I have developed a new solution that I want to protect…
• Our new product will be launched soon…
• I received a letter from a patent office concerning our pending patent application…
• I received a letter from a competitor relating to their patent…
• We are just about to start negotiating an agreement with our partner/subcontractor…
• One of our employees identified a nasty looking competitor patent when running an inhouse patent search…
• We are starting a company building on a new innovation…
• A new product concept will be developed by our development team…

 

I have developed a new solution that I want to protect.
If your solution involves any technical aspects, for example, if your solution uses a computer, the solution may contain patentable invention(s).

Think carefully what are the essential features of your invention. It is important to identify e.g. process steps or operational device parts that enable outcome or effect of the invention.

A patentable invention must be new in relation to what was publicly known before the date of filing your patent application. A patent is not granted if your invention represents solely old, previously known technology. Parts of known technology can be used in new and patentable invention, though. We advise you not to disclose your invention publicly before filing a patent application. Publishing the invention, even by the inventor, makes it ”prior art”.

We help you to protect your innovation using a best possible route for your needs, such as a patent, a utility model or a trademark, for example. Contact us and we will give you a cost-free preliminary expert opinion on the matter.



Our new product will be launched soon.
Remember to file any patent applications relating to your new product before the launch.

To reduce future risks relating to IPR of others, you should consider conducting a freedom-to-operate analysis to find out what kind of patents already exist in the technology area relating to your new product and what possible effect they may have on your future business. We are happy to help you with such analysis.



I received a letter from a patent office concerning our pending patent application.
Most of the office communications set a time limit for rectifying certain deficiencies in the application. If a time limit is set, you need to respond before the time limit. Otherwise the application may lapse.

Feel free to contact us, if you need help in preparing the response.



I received a letter from a competitor relating to their patent.
The competitor may assert that their patent(s) cover(s) your business or part of your business. Before taking any actions, it is important to assess the facts and to check the overall situation. Do not write down any public statements regarding the competitor patent before fully understanding the situation and the scope of the patent protection. It is advisable to consult a patent expert, like us.

It is possible that the patent was never granted or that the patent is not in force anymore, at least in the country that is relevant for your business. Patent scope of protection may also be limited that makes it not relevant for your business. We can help you to assess the overall situation.

The competitor patent may have been granted based on incorrect grounds due to not being really novel or inventive at all. In such situation it may be possible to file an opposition to mitigate the patent. Alternatively ,it may be possible to have the competitor patent nullified in court proceedings (e.g. before the Market Court). We offer our help and expertise and recommend the best way forward.



We are just about to start negotiating an agreement with our partner/subcontractor.
It is important that you agree on who owns any IPR developed during your collaboration.

One of our employees identified a nasty looking competitor patent when running an inhouse patent search.
Get the application or publication number of the patent, or preferably the whole patent publication document.

Do not write down any public statements regarding the competitor patent before fully understanding the situation and the scope of the patent protection. It is advisable to consult a patent expert, like us.

It is possible that the patent was never granted or that the patent is not in force anymore, at least in the country that is relevant for your business. Patent scope of protection may also be limited that makes it not relevant for your business. We can help you to assess the overall situation.

The competitor patent may have been granted based on incorrect grounds due to not being really novel or inventive at all. In such situation it may be possible to file an opposition to mitigate the patent. Alternatively, it may be possible to have the competitor patent nullified in court proceedings (e.g. before the Market Court). We offer our help and expertise and recommend the best way forward.



We are starting a company building on a new innovation.
To reduce future risks relating to IPR of others, you may want to conduct a freedom-to-operate analysis to find out what kind of patents already exist in the technology area relating to your innovation and what possible effect they may have on your future business.

At the same time you may want to file patent applications to protect your own innovation. We advise you not to disclose your innovation publicly before filing a patent application. Publishing the innovation, even by the inventor, makes it ”prior art” and may prevent patenting.

Contact us and we will give you a cost-free preliminary expert opinion on the matter.



A new product concept will be developed by our development team.
To reduce future risks relating to IPR of others, you may want to conduct a freedom-to-operate analysis to find out what kind of patents already exist in the technology area relating to your new product concept and what possible effect they may have on your future business.

At the same time you may want to file patent applications to protect your new product concept. At the same time you may want to file patent applications to protect yournew product concept. We advise you not to disclose your new product concept publicly before filing a patent application. Publishing the new product concept, even by the inventor, makes it ”prior art” and may prevent patenting.

Contact us and we will give you a cost-free preliminary expert opinion on the matter.


 

 

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