How We Help Startups, Spinouts and SMEs
We advise companies on intellectual property issues from early innovation stages through growth, expansion and in many cases acquisition, frequently dealing directly with the CEO or Technical Director. Many startup and spinout companies rely totally on our intellectual property advice because they do not have any in-house experts. Often they come to us in the first place on the recommendation of a university or as a result of our involvement with their technology transfer arm.
If you have not had much exposure to intellectual property matters, you may find them daunting at first. We will help you to understand the often complex legal and strategic issues.
At a first meeting we will typically discuss your innovation and its market potential, your company’s business plan and the role of intellectual property protection. This may lead to the drafting and filing of a patent or trade mark application.
The application process may involve a patent search or a trade mark search. We will analyse the search results and advise you on the likelihood of patent filings or trade mark filings succeeding in different countries of the world, as each patent or trade mark office applies its own rules. We can help you to progress your application to the point at which your patent or trade mark is granted. We can then help you with subsequent applications to achieve wider geographical coverage, and advise you more generally on patent portfolio management or trade mark portfolio management.
As your company grows, you may make further innovations. We can audit your intellectual property to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to secure any additional protection required. We can help with patent litigation or trade mark litigation if required to enforce your rights, and deal with registrable transactions for the licensing or assignment of rights. Our work with global corporate clients gives us an understanding of what they are looking for when considering a licence agreement or partnership with an SME, or an investment or acquisition. The protection in place for the SME’s intellectual property is likely to be a crucial factor.
At every stage of our relationship with you, we will pay close attention to costs and help you to maximise the potential of your intellectual property assets within the financial constraints of your business.
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Click here to see some brief case studies that illustrate how we have helped a wide variety of clients in the SME sector to protect and exploit their intellectual property assets.