Beck Greener Startup
When starting a technology-based business, there is a lot to consider. However, one thing is clear - protection of your innovation and creativity should be an integral part of any successful business strategy. Different Intellectual Property (IP) rights can have a fundamental bearing on the technology you develop, the aesthetic product designs you create, the company names, brand names, logos and artwork you use, as well as other business activities.
In order to protect your rights and maximise your protection, you need a clear direction and a well-formed strategy. At Beck Greener, we have a long-standing track record of assisting clients at all stages in the development of their business, all the way from the initial spark of an idea to becoming a full-blown SME. We offer advice to help you obtain robust commercial protection for your innovation within a cost-effective framework which is appropriate for your business.
To put this into practice, we offer a free initial consultation to help you gain a clearer understanding of the IP rights you may be able to obtain, and to formulate a strategy for putting such protection in place.
To maximise the assistance we can give you, there are some initial steps that you can take before contacting us. This will then give us a clearer idea of the type of protection that you may be able to obtain, so that we can focus our advice and advise you in greater detail.
Step 1: Identify type of IP
A patent protects technical innovations. More information on Patents.
A design registration protects what the product or symbol looks like. More information on Designs.
A trade mark is a sign which can be used to identify the person or business offering goods and services. The most common trade marks tend to be brand names and logos. More information on Trade Marks.
Step 2: Initial investigations
There are some general steps you can take to identify whether your invention may be patentable. A primary consideration for patentability is that the invention is new. By this, we mean that it is not available in the public domain before you file a patent application.
There are two facets to this. The first is that your invention must remain confidential before a patent application is filed. In other words, you must not disclose your invention to the public. If you need to speak to third parties about your invention before you file a patent application, we recommend that you do so under a confidentiality agreement. The best approach, although not always possible, is to file a patent application before you disclose the invention to the public.
The second facet is to determine whether something the same or similar to your invention already exists in the public domain. One way to do this is to search for third party patents or patent applications. A helpsheet is available on how to do some research yourself.
Step 3: Obtain advice
Having taken some initial steps, we are able to provide you with a clearer picture of your IP situation. We can offer you a free initial consultation by telephone, or at a meeting at our premises, during which we will advise you on how to go about securing protection. If the idea involves an invention, we will advise whether the invention may be patented. If you then ask us to take any steps, you will become a client of the firm in the usual way. Although there will be charges for any ongoing actions we carry out your behalf, we are always willing to let you have detailed estimates of the cost involved.
If you want to proceed with the preparation and filing of a patent application it would be helpful if you would fill out the Invention disclosure form. This will enable us to quickly and clearly understand what your invention is all about.