What does a patent protect?
Patent protects a new and useful invention. Patent provides a set of exclusive rights granted by a state to a patentee for a fixed period of time in exchange for a full disclosure of an invention.
What does a copyright protect?
Copyright protects “every expression and production in the literary, scientific and artistic domain, whatever may be the mode or form of its expression”.
Software- copyright or patent?
Computer software is copyright protected. Law relating to the patentability of it still not harmonized internationally. Some countries allow patenting it but others recognize inventions assisted by computer software.
What are tradesecrets?
Some sort of information that:
What is a trademark?
Trademarks are distinctive signs, used to differentiate between identical or similar goods offered by different producers or service providers.
What is a servicemark?
Servicemarks are distinctive signs, used to differentiate between identical or similar services offered by different producers or services providers.
Geographical Indicator (GI) is a sign used on goods that has a specific geographical origin. These goods possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that place of origin.
What is a lifeterm of a patent, trademark or copyright?
Patent is usually valid for 20 years, trademark is unlimited in duration and copyright is valid usually for life of author + 70 years.
What is IP strategy?
IP strategy is a proactive and planned process for positioning an organization for market success by effective synergies between research, product launch or licensing activities.
What is portfolio management?
Portfolio management is a systematic management of several patents that protect one or more product lines.
What is an IP audit?
IP Audit is defined as a systematic review of the IP assets owned, used or acquired by a business in light of specific business goals.
What is IP Analysis?
IP Analysis includes search, review and recommendation to guide either research or other business activity. Some of the analysis include:
How does search and analysis (S&A) help R&D?
S&A provides several useful inputs to provide right direction to research efforts, for example technology trend landscape provides technology gap areas, competitor technology watch provides a view of research direction for a competitor and similarly several other important facets can be uncovered that help to focus research for business competitiveness.
What is the link between R&D and IP/patent?
The output of R&D is usually is a novel technical solution to an existing or forecasted problem. Patent is a vehicle that takes the solution and makes it public to the entire world and ensures that developers of the solution enjoy some rights for their efforts.
What is a world patent?
There is nothing called a “world patent”. Patent applications filed with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) are sometimes confused as world patents. WIPO simply provides a useful filing mechanism through PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty), where an applicant can file the same application at one time in different countries. But the actual Patent is granted or rejected by the Patent Office of the specific country/ multiple countries selected.
When should I file for PCT application or advantages of filing a PCT application?
PCT application is useful when the applicant would like
Is patent a legal or technical document?
Both. Patent provides legal rights to the patentee and is enforceable in a court of law, therefore is a legal document. Patent explains and describes a novel invention i.e. is a technical solution for a problem and therefore is a technical document.