Sand & Sebolt can help you develop/review your foreign patent and trademark filing strategy. The primary goal is to determine or review which international jurisdictions you should target for patent protection. From a filing strategy perspective, there are many things to consider such as your key markets of interest; your competitors’ key markets of interest, your suppliers and customers; and the maturity and sophistication of the patent jurisdictions being considered. Also keep in mind the locations of your key manufacturing locations, core technologies, alternative filing routes and how best to balance time and cost issues. A good foreign filing strategy starts with a hard look in the mirror. How are/will your patents be used? Is the intent to stop others from copying, gaining competitive advantage, tipping the balance, obtaining revenue from licensing/selling and/or leveraging the patents for funding purposes, other? We would also explore other pertinent issues together like:
We find a surprising number of companies don’t have an effective foreign filing strategy. Often this is due to not understanding the details and inner-workings of the international IP community. This is where we can help. After 30 years of working with some of the best IP law firms around the globe, Sand & Sebolt can help you make good foreign filing choices that meet both your legal needs and your overall strategic business goals.