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Global/International Matters

The heart of international IP protection is management of a network of local counsel, a practical assertion and defense strategy in each jurisdiction, sustainable portfolio management, and an integrated approach to contracting, licensing, and procurement.

An emerging technology offers potential for groundbreaking innovation and resulting intellectual property protection. The whole area of sustainability is no exception. Sustainability, as it is currently embraced, challenges technologic innovation in nearly every branch of science and engineering.

What is Sustainability? The definitions for "sustainability" are nearly as numerous as the industries and special interests they touch. Definitions generally vary according to what portion of the supply chain is under discussion. For many, sustainability means producing the same products and services with less material and less energy. For others, sustainability means finding renewable energy and raw material sources to produce their products and services, with a view toward future demands of a growing global population. Still others address sustainability as finding ways to reduce waste products emitted in the production of their goods and services. Intertwined in these definitions is a theme of reducing the overall carbon footprint. Regardless of definition or application of concept, nearly every sustainability initiative launches opportunity for technologic innovation and creation of new intellectual property.

This firm embraces sustainability as a forefront for new technology innovation. We see early movers as having opportunity to establish foundational and grounbreaking intellectual property positions -- through both original technology development and through acquisition. This firm is ready to assist in developing your sustainability strategy and portfolio.

Portfolio Management
A competitive product may be created by growing a portfolio of patents or trademarks to protect your production investment. As industry becomes increasingly a mixture of product and service, copyrights, trade secrets, know-how, formulae and a variety of intellectual property in various forms becomes increasingly important. A portfolio may include ongoing applications for improvements to the core product, creating an intellectual roadmap to the future. A portfolio may include a variety of patents and other intellectual property protections in key countries, strategic for present or future position. A portfolio position may be managed to balance one or more strategic objectives:

  • Continuous Improvement- ongoing applications for improvements to the core product
  • International Position- patents and intellectual property held in key countries
  • Technology Field- acquired patents or licenses in the field related to the core product to discourage alternate product or to enable development of next generation alternatives
  • Freedom-to-Operate- acquisitions of patents to avoid future allegations of infringement
  • Key Patent - Key Product- combination of key patent(s), license(s) and/or trademarks to define ownership of core product
  • Family- creation of a portfolio of a family of technologies for growing product or service line
  • Replacement- expiring patents on core product managed by replacement intellectual property
  • Volume Management- management for large estates (>50 patents or registrations), including identification and mapping of estate strengths and weaknesses