A patent provides the owner with a monopoly and the right to exclude others from commercially exploiting by making, using, selling or importing the invention covered by the claims of the patent, for the life of the patent in each country in which the patent is registered.
The monopoly lasts for a period of up to 20 years depending on the type of patent registered.
A patent protects an invention which is novel, inventive and useful in a technical field of endeavor. The invention may be for a completely new product or an improvement of an existing product or process.
A patent can provide protection for a wide range of technical innovations including:
products and devices;
business methods or processes;
internet and information technology systems.
It is essential that an invention is not publicly disclosed prior to filing a patent application. Early disclosure of the invention may result in the patent being invalid or reduce the scope of protection obtainable for the patent.
A patent is the oldest and strongest way of protecting a new technology. A granted patent can add value to your business in the following ways:
provide you with exclusive rights to the invention - it offers protection and acts as a deterrent against potential infringers and unauthorised users;
prevent competitors from using or selling the patented invention;
allow you to enforce your rights against an infringer or unauthorised user of the patented invention;
represent a valuable business asset that provides a competitive advantage;
act as a valuable tool for use in negotiations with potential investors, venture capitalists and buyers;
provide an asset which can be sold or licensed in return for a fixed fee or royalty;
protect your investment in technology by creating a public record of what you have developed.
How can Adept IP assist?
Our Patent Attorneys are qualified to assist you in relation to obtaining, maintaining and enforcing patents. We can also provide expert practical and tailored solutions that can be integrated in your business strategies.
Unlike most legal firms, we do not charge you by the hour, nor do we charge you for phone calls, meetings and emails. We provide you with upfront fixed fees at the time of your enquiry so you know exactly where you stand...no more surprise invoices! Enquire about our competitive rates today.
Adept IP provides the following patent services:
conducting patent searches;
preparing and filing patent applications in Australia and overseas;
responding to Examination Reports;
providing advice in relation to patent disputes and infringement;
licensing and assignment of patent rights;
managing your IP portfolio.
If you require any further information, or if we can be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.