Liverpool Inventors Club29 April 2013, 16:00 – 18:00Jane Lambert
Patents are not the only IP Copyrights for literary works including computerprograms and databases. Unregistered design ...
Patents are not for everyBusiness Most patents are never worked Of those patents that are worked very few cover theircos...
Patents are not for everyBusiness Many new inventions are quickly rendered obsoleteby new technical or scientific advance...
Devising an IP strategy Identify the probable income streams for yourbusiness during your business planning period. Cons...
Further InformationJane Lambert4 – 5 Gray’s Inn SquareLondonWC1R 5AHTel 020 7404 5252Jlambert@4-5.co.uk4-5ip.blogspot.co.uk
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The Patent Box: Alternatives to Patents

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This was the last presentation in the workshop on the patents box. Although the patent box is a powerful incentive to apply for a patent there are other forms of IP. This closing presentation indicates how some of the alternatives may be more appropriate for many businesses. It finishes with some tips on formulating an IP strategy.

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The Patent Box: Alternatives to Patents

  1. 1. Liverpool Inventors Club29 April 2013, 16:00 – 18:00Jane Lambert
  2. 2. Patents are not the only IP Copyrights for literary works including computerprograms and databases. Unregistered design rights for shape or configurationof articles or parts of articles includingsemiconductor topographies. Registered designs or Community designs for theappearance of new products. Obligations of confidence for secret technical orcommercial information. Plant breeders’ rights for new plant varieties.
  3. 3. Patents are not for everyBusiness Most patents are never worked Of those patents that are worked very few cover theircosts and even fewer make serious money for theirowners. Patents cannot easily protect many newtechnologies such as methods of doingbusiness, software implemented inventions and newservices. Once a patent is published the invention is in thepublic domain even if the patent is not granted orrevoked
  4. 4. Patents are not for everyBusiness Many new inventions are quickly rendered obsoleteby new technical or scientific advances. Patents cannot be enforced outside the territories forwhich they are granted. Patents are expensive to enforce, particularly incommon law countries like the UK, USA, India, HongKong, Canada and Australia.
  5. 5. Devising an IP strategy Identify the probable income streams for yourbusiness during your business planning period. Consider possible threats to those income streams(most of which are likely to be commercial ortechnical rather than legal), Devise counter-measures to those threats which aremore likely to be commercial or technical than legal. If you legal protection consider all the alternatives. Take out insurance or otherwise make provision forthe enforcement of your rights.
  6. 6. Further InformationJane Lambert4 – 5 Gray’s Inn SquareLondonWC1R 5AHTel 020 7404 5252Jlambert@4-5.co.uk4-5ip.blogspot.co.uk
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