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Intellectual Property Consulting

How do you protect your intellectual property?

Businesses are constantly innovating, but are often unaware of how to protect their intellectual property (IP). Your time and effort invested in innovative new products or processes may be at risk if protective measures are not implemented. Crowe MacKay’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) and IP consultants have the experience to ensure your product is protected.

Product Features

A successful product usually has at least one of the following features:

Feature (Advantage)

IP Protection Type & Term 

Functional Improvement over existing products in the marketplace

Patents, 20 years

Trade Secrets, forever

Attractive Design (product appearance, including packaging) 

Industrial Designs (Canada), 10 years 

Design Patents (US), 14 years

Brand Name of the product (or company name) has a good reputation Trademarks, forever (renewable 10 year terms) 

 

Patent and trademark infringement

 

Patent & Other IP Services Available

Crowe MacKay’s team of IP Consultants work with you to protect your innovations, mitigate risks, and ensure your products produce the highest returns.

  Patentability

Likelihood of obtaining a valid patent

Obtaining a valid patent at the onset of a project can save a company tens of thousands of dollars and time and effort. When you secure a patent you avoid the risk of filing for an improvement that cannot be patented. To obtain a patent, you must prove novelty, inventive step and utility over all existing publications (patents, technical papers, presentations, etc.).

 

  Infringement

Determine risk of infringing value patents or trademarks

Once a business obtains a patent and commercializes their product it’s important to conduct an environmental scan of competitors or third parties who potentially are infringing on their pre-existing patents or trademarks. 

  Freedom to Operate (FTO)

Identifying barriers to product or process commercialization

It’s important for a business to assess whether their invention may infringe on an existing patent to avoid any potential lawsuits. Infringement lawsuits often cost over $1 million in legal fees, with some successful lawsuits resulting in monetary compensation to the patent holder. In some extreme cases a business may receive an injunction to cease sales and production.

  Patent Strategy

Adding value

Understanding how to take your innovation to the market is not always straight forward and IP protection can be costly. Crowe MacKay’s trusted advisors can create a patent strategy to ensure your business is receiving the highest returns.

When and where should you file for a patent? Should you keep your invention as a trade secret? These are questions Crowe MacKay’s IP consultants can answer and ensure your products are protected.

Experience with helping SMEs and large companies protect their patents and trademarks

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We offer a free 30-minute consultation to answer questions or discuss any concerns.

Intellectual Property Consulting Service Leader

Tony Asseiro
Tony Asseiro
Senior Manager, SR&ED Technical
Surrey

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