Are Patents Right for You?<br />Dr. Gillian Whitfield EPA CPAPatent Attorney<br />
What is a Patent?<br />A patent gives you the right to stop others from copying, manufacturing, selling and importing your...
Pre-grant advantages<br />establish early filing date <br />facilitate discussion without risk<br />deterrent effect <br /...
Are patents always the answer?<br /><ul><li> Dyson
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G Whitfield - IP/Patent Event

  1. 1. Are Patents Right for You?<br />Dr. Gillian Whitfield EPA CPAPatent Attorney<br />
  2. 2. What is a Patent?<br />A patent gives you the right to stop others from copying, manufacturing, selling and importing your invention without your permission.<br />
  3. 3. Pre-grant advantages<br />establish early filing date <br />facilitate discussion without risk<br />deterrent effect <br />facilitate funding <br />add value to company <br />Board of Directors <br />facilitate loans <br />passive income opportunities <br />
  4. 4. Are patents always the answer?<br /><ul><li> Dyson
  5. 5. Aircraft seating
  6. 6. Cosmetics company
  7. 7. Barr’s Irn Bru
  8. 8. Boots Company plc - nurofen</li></li></ul><li>How to find the way ahead?<br /><ul><li> make your patent attorney part of your team ...
  9. 9. ... from the beginning
  10. 10. flexible approach essential
  11. 11. strategy development critical
  12. 12. educator
  13. 13. enthusiasm & commitment </li></li></ul><li>coming together is a beginning. keeping together is progress. working together is success.Henry Ford<br />Dr. Gillian Whitfield EPA CPAAstrum Intellectual Property<br />

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