Conducting a prior art search helps determine if the concept of the invention is a novel and identify competition.
Why should I have a patent strategy?
• To protect appropriate inventions
• To develop valuable patent portfolios
• To spend money wisely
• To avoid unpleasant surprises
What do you mean by a patent strategy?
• Tell me who you are & I will tell you what it means
Developing an appropriate patent strategy for a given client depends on many factors specific to the individual client. For example:
• A large foreign corporation with substantial worldwide sales is often concerned with patent issues outside the U.S.
• A client may have industry specific needs. For example:
A client bidding on worldwide petroleum production projects may be concerned with patents in countries such as Trinidad and Tobago
A client concerned with international shipping may want patent protection in countries such as Singapore
A multinational client may seek patent protection in foreign countries of key competitors
• A client anticipating patent litigation may be especially interested in building patent portfolios with continuing applications
• A client that will be filing patent litigation may want patents tailored to litigation needs and strategy
• A small company or individual may need to tailor a patent strategy to available resources
• A company seeking licensing revenue or to increase its market value may place greater emphasis on developing a strong patent portfolio
• A company in a litigious industry may want to develop a patent portfolio for defensive purposes
• A joint venture or research organization may be especially concerned with developing a patent portfolio in particular market segments in addition to obtaining broader patents
Mr. Anderson has spoken about developing patent strategy with other attorneys as a lecturer for the Continuing Education of the Bar of California.
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