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PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
The time and money invested developing a product, design or branding is often immense but it can lead to the creation of one of your company’s key products. The last thing you want is for your competitor to copy it and cash in on your hard work.
By protecting your intellectual property (IP) you can take action against anyone who infringes your rights. Our attorneys will ensure you have robust protection for your investment and that you understand how you are being safeguarded.
Every year UK businesses spend around £32 billion on research and development. It is this investment that has kept so many businesses in the country at the forefront of innovation.
For many businesses, IP remains one of their most valuable assets, and so is well worth protecting.
Defend Your Rights
However, you are not alone. Our attorneys are experts at representing clients in the UK, at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and Germany.
Wherever we can, we will represent you directly, but are also able to draw on a network of other firms of attorneys and solicitors that we work with.
After Brexit not all UK firms are able to continue their representation before the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), but we ensured we had measures in place so we could continue to represent our clients seamlessly.
We have the resources, the expertise and the experience to defend your rights in the UK and abroad.
We act as an integral part of your team and work closely with you to plan the best course of action.
At Forresters we believe in giving clear and simple advice. Our attorneys cut through the jargon and ensure you know exactly where you stand.
Our motto is Clear Direction, which sums up the way we communicate. Whether dealing with clients, employees or third parties, we go the extra mile to ensure that our message is communicated in this way.
Our 100% transparent way of working is what sets us apart from our competitors.
KEEP YOUR IDEAS AND INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS SAFE
The Intellectual Property Rights We Use To Help You Achieve This
The main rights for intellectual property protection are:
Patents deal mainly with how something works, such as a manufacturing method or process. Patents give you the exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, importing and selling an invention covered by the patent without your permission. This right typically lasts 20 years, with the payment of renewal fees.Patents are territorial and so must be applied for in each country in which you wish to protect your invention.
A trade mark is a word or combination of words, or unique symbol, used to represent a business or its products. It is a monopoly right which gives you the right to prevent others dealing in the trade mark. Trade marks last forever, as long as they remain in use and renewal fees are paid. Trade marks and branding are an important tool in establishing product awareness and customer loyalty in today’s competitive world.
Searching and Clearance
Your IP expert can research and review your industry to see what others are doing. It is important to do this when you are looking to protect a new product or service, or you want to launch something new onto the market and avoid infringing others’ rights. It is also important for determining what IP you can protect. A variety of different searches covering patents, trade marks or designs can be carried out, and commercial decisions made by you based on the results.
Design rights protect the appearance of products such as its shape, contours, lines and other features. There are two types of designs: registered designs and unregistered design rights. These two types of rights exist in the UK and the EU.
Registered designs are a monopoly right, which give you the exclusive right to prevent others dealing in your registered design. Unregistered design rights require you to prove that the other party has copied your design to be able to enforce it.
Registered designs last for up to 25 years with the payment of renewal fees. Unregistered designs last for a maximum of 15 years from the end of the calendar year in which they were recorded in a design document, though this can vary depending on the facts of the case.
Often the value of designs (registered and unregistered), and copyright, can be overlooked when considering how best to protect a new idea or product. The ability to protect the appearance of an original product can be crucial to the success of the product (For example, consider the iPhone, which has a hugely successful design).
New commercial ventures are often best protected through a combination of these rights. Forresters will be able to advise you on the best protection for your business.
COULD YOUR BUSINESS BE AT RISK?
We have all seen how the pandemic has led many design, engineering and science based businesses to work on different, and often unusual, projects.
It has all been for the greater good, but this has led them to take a step into the unknown, and start working outside their normal business arena. Just as in wartime, we are seeing innovation and new inventions being created, but at the same time this is blurring traditional business boundaries.
Depending on how a business manages this situation can either make it a long-term commercial success, or a negative and quite possibly frustrating experience. One negative outcome may be where a company hasn’t taken any measures to protect their IP. They will have worked hard, pouring all their research and design resources into creating fantastic new products or services, only for them not to make a profit afterwards.
This could happen in a number of ways. An example may be a customer or supplier copying the idea. They can then start selling it before the company, that came up with the idea, has even had time to get their idea into production.
Alternatively, they may get their design into production and started making a profit, but without robust protection in place their product can still be copied and soon their customers may have switched to an alternative supplier. Because they have no control over their IP there’s nothing to stop their customers using another supplier, who may produce and sell the product cheaper because they do not have the same research and development costs.
This is why securing your IP, using a business such as Forresters, can make all the difference. IP gives you control of your idea or product. Therefore, IP gives you the right to prevent another business from taking your IP and exploiting it.
One particular benefit of patent protection is Patent Box, which helps with tax relief on new, and innovative, products covered by the patent. This benefit can be applied to both UK and global profits and is a great incentive for companies to ensure they have taken care of their intellectual property.
Make sure you are covered in the UK or overseas
For businesses expanding into new markets, there are lots of different rules and regulations that can apply. There are protocols that companies need to familiarise themselves with, and one thing that is often critical to ensuring success in foreign markets is intellectual property rights.
Any successful exporting operation starts with a strong export plan. This outlines the markets your business is targeting, the estimated demand and so on. Intellectual property should be considered throughout the plan, as it can often play a key role.
For example, if your company needs to secure investment to begin exporting then owning IP is a way to enhance your competitiveness and convince investors that your product or service could be a success abroad.
A further benefit of IP is when a company wants to tap into a much bigger market, such as America. Despite not having the knowledge and contacts in the US, a supply chain can still be created if IP has been secured. By licensing out the IP and know-how to a manufacturer in another country the company retains control over the product whilst still gaining commercial benefit.
At Forresters our chartered and European patent and trade mark attorneys have a wealth of experience. We have developed a strong network of foreign associates and this means we are well placed to advise and protect businesses expanding into new markets. We are always available to our clients to answer their questions and help them avoid common pitfalls.
We are a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your intellectual property requirements and queries, regardless of the countries you operate in.
Some of the ways we can help you protect your IP
The world contains millions of products and services, each with their own innovations and unique selling points.
Therefore, when considering whether to export it’s important to conduct a third-party IP audit. First, start with your own business: are your assets protected and are those rights being maintained?
Then it’s important to check whether the product could be infringing any third-party IP rights in your target export markets.
We can assist you in clearing the way for your business through our network of attorneys. A local IP attorney will be able to confirm if you have the right to export your product without causing any infringement. This helps avoid any costly situations for your business.
THINK GLOBAl, ACT LOCAL
The easiest way to do this is to use a globally-connected IP firm, like Forresters, which can help you obtain the international protection your products or services require.
Licensing can be one of the best ways of benefiting from your IP rights. Whether you are trying to acquire a certain type of technology, or simply want to reap rewards by licensing your own IP to others, we can help you.
GET THE TIMING RIGHT
Timing is very important when it comes to IP protection abroad, as there are strict deadlines when it comes to putting in an application.
For example, for patents to benefit from the filing date of your original patent any overseas patent applications must be filed within 12 months of the original filing date.
Exports are vital to businesses from all sectors. Speak with one of our attorneys to discover how we can help ensure your business success.
Speak to a leading patent law firm
We have been recognised as one of Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms in the prestigious Financial Times listing.
It lists the leading firms across Europe for patent strategy consultation and patent prosecution, based on several thousand recommendations from clients and peers. This recognition reflects our commitment to providing the best possible service in all areas of IP protection across Europe and the wider world.
At Forresters our patent attorneys are skilled at ensuring the right protection is in place for your businesses. They are happy to discuss and explain the benefits of all aspects of the patent application process – why not get in touch with them today to find out more.
I see carbon capture technology as a key enabler in the transition to a ‘net zero’ carbon energy future, and solid intellectual property protection is essential to achieving these goals.
I am pleased to work with Forresters’ professional team and have always found them very helpful and knowledgeable in all intellectual processes for Carbon Clean Solutions Limited.
Carbon Clean Solutions Limited
Forresters has been incredibly supportive of BiSN since day one. David Murphy has guided us through, not only the patent minefield, but all other aspects of Intellectual Property, including copyright and trade marks.
IP and the associated costs of patent filing can prove hugely restrictive for entrepreneurs and start-up companies. However, David’s advice and practical approach has resulted in us being able to file over 55 patent applications in more than a dozen countries, over the past seven years. That is an invaluable result for a company like BiSN and we are delighted with the service Forresters has provided.
You can download our corporate brochure, which gives details of why intellectual property is so important to a business, and what we can do to help you achieve success.
Download the brochure by clicking here or get in touch with our team today and we can post one out to you.
MEET THE TEAM
Emma is a chartered UK trade mark attorney who has extensive experience advising businesses on IP strategy and protection. As a patent attorney, as well as a trade mark attorney, Emma is able to offer an ‘all-round’ service to clients, and assist them in protecting their trade marks and designs, and obtaining patent protection in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Her patent work is focussed on mechanical and electrical inventions, but covers a broad spectrum of technologies, from printing apparatus to pneumatic braking systems.
Emma’s practice areas include: Aerospace and Defence; Copyright; Designs; Electrical Engineering; Medical Devices and Trade Marks.
Dr Jagvir Purewal
Jagvir is a patent and design attorney, who works with companies in the UK and EU. His work with clients include developing and delivering a tailored strategy that best captures value from their intellectual property. Jagvir’s clients include entrepreneurs, start-ups, spin-out companies, research organisations, SMEs and multinational companies.
He has extensive experience advising SMEs on obtaining cost effective IP protection, particularly when seeking investment and looking to grow, as well as managing IP in collaboration / grant funded projects.
Jagvir’s practice areas include: Advanced Materials & Processing; Automotive Engineering; Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy.
Greg is a chartered UK and European patent attorney with experience working with a broad range of SMEs and larger businesses to assist in protecting their inventions and designs. Greg particularly enjoys working alongside clients as an in-house member of the team to ensure that his clients obtain the broadest protection possible for their inventions and designs whilst also ensuring they are free to commercialise their products without fear of infringing competitors’ IP rights.
Greg has a background in physics and works for clients across a broad range of technologies: ranging from MedTech to automotive engineering to additive manufacturing and even fast moving consumer goods. Therefore, he is well placed to assist you with any query you may have.
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Forresters – working with you towards success
Forresters is a long standing firm of patent and trade mark attorneys with a history that dates back more than 135 years.
We have offices in Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Southampton and Munich, Germany. The London office has recently moved to one of the city’s most recognisable buildings – The Gherkin. This was done in a bid to meet our eco-conscious goals as The Gherkin utilises a range of impressive energy saving methods.
Forresters is recognised throughout the world as a leader in its field and has been awarded a number of accreditations. Among our recent achievements was being recognised as one of Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms in the prestigious Financial Times listing. We are particularly proud of this as it was based on several thousand recommendations from clients and peers.
Our attorneys work with clients around the world to help ensure their intellectual property (IP) is protected. This international outlook recently resulted in us acquiring a dot-com website address – forresters-ip.com. By visiting our website you can find out more about us, and read some of the fantastic testimonials from clients.
One thing Forresters has always focussed on is its commitment to being future-ready. This forward-thinking approach is what has enabled us to successfully navigate businesses through Brexit, and any changes that have taken place during the pandemic. Our attorneys work with a diverse range of clients, from engineers and scientists through to universities and public sectors. Thanks to their vast experience and expertise they are able to operate at a high level across a wide variety of technical and legal areas.
Part of Forresters’ success comes from our reputation for delivering clear, sensible and practical advice to clients looking to protect their ideas. We are seen as refreshingly unique in cutting through the complexity of the law by delivering advice in plain, jargon-free language – a language you’ll understand. Our company motto of ‘Clear Direction’ nicely sums up our philosophy and is the touchstone for the way in which we communicate.
Forresters’ belief in giving clear and simple advice extends to every part of the business. We understand that IP matters can often be complex, but we make sure you know exactly where you stand. Also, unlike some of our competitors, we aren’t afraid to recommend a particular course of action if we think it’s right for you. This clarity extends to the way we approach fees. The team at Forresters always explains the charges involved from the outset and are able to provide estimates so you are sure of all the costs involved in securing your IP.
Importance of IP
Historically, UK companies have been slow to grasp the importance of IP to their business – but the government is keen to change this. The government has set a target for the UK to be the most innovative country in the world by 2030. Part of this objective is the need to capture the value of science, research and creativity, which will help support innovations that drive UK productivity.
Particular attention has been given to the role of Higher Education Institutions in helping the UK achieve this goal. For example, the government has increased funding that supports universities and businesses working together to innovate and commercialise research. IP protection assists companies that want to maintain their market advantage and reputation. This is particularly important for businesses usually at the forefront of innovation. Such businesses lead the way in designs and inventions, especially at times of crisis as we have seen over the last year when ventilators and PPE products were created quickly in the fight against Covid-19.
IP protection for business success
There are a number of rights we use to secure your IP. Firstly, patents protect how things work, including products, methods and processes. Trade marks protect branding including a word, or a combination of words, or a unique symbol. Design rights protect the appearance of a product, such as a product’s shape. Often a combination of these rights are required to secure robust protection for your product.
Most companies can not only see huge commercial benefit in protecting their IP, but IP gives their customers a greater level of reassurance that their investment is secure.
Having IP protection gives you credibility with customers – as PhD student Henry Sidsaph discovered after Forresters helped him secure his IP. The founder of Miténgo Coffee won the Forresters Award for his ethical and environmentally friendly coffee company. He said: “Forresters helped me secure the trade marks for Miténgo Coffee, which gave me a lot of credibility when I was pitching to different businesses. I am so grateful for the help Forresters gave me, they offered me support every step of the way and there were regular follow ups so they could see how the business was progressing.”
Work with the professionals
Working with an IP professional helps avoid legal pitfalls and problems that appear when registering your IP. Our attorneys are able to look at your business and projects to see what intellectual property needs protecting. They will be able to identify what patentable inventions or ideas, design rights, trade marks and copyright exist in your products and what could be protected.
The attorney will then take steps to protect your IP. For example, they may draft a patent application, which describes the invention, and once it is filed your invention will have patent pending status. Details of the patent application won’t be published until 18 months later, which is useful as competitors won’t know what you’ve protected. This may make them wary about copying your product.
One major stage of patent rights takes place in the first 12 months after filing a patent application. You have the option to extend protection to other countries, while still retaining the date of the original application. This allows you to then file applications in countries such as the US, China, and Australia.
All our patent attorneys qualify as European patent attorneys, and they have extensive experience in representing clients at the European Patent Office (EPO). Our fully-staffed office in Munich allows our attorneys quick and cost-effective access to the EPO and its examiners. We have also developed excellent links throughout the world with a number of firms of patent attorneys and lawyers who regularly work with our clients. In a similar vein, Forresters works with a number of international organisations looking to register patents, designs and trade marks in the UK.
Our team of IP specialists have the experience and commercial skills to help you, whatever your business – why not get in touch with us today.