The rating is the result of a joint project by the Financial Times and Statista, which conducted extensive research. A wide-ranging survey was sent to over 10,000 European patent attorneys and experts in the R&D departments of corporations. After analysing the thousands of recommendations received by survey participants, less than 150 firms stood out as the clear winners. The report focuses on innovation and the business of patent attorneys.
The report covers six broad sectors: Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Biotechnology & Food &; and Materials & Nanotechnology, and we are delighted to be ranked as gold for Electrical Engineering and Mechanical engineering; and silver for Biotechnology & Food and Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals.
During his career in IP partner Matt Jones has held positions in both private practice law firms, and in-house corporate legal departments, before he joined EIP. In an article for Managing Intellectual Property Matt explains what it’s like making the move in-house and then back again.
For companies looking to begin the patenting process, when to do so, while managing costs, are common concerns. Here, Matt Jones explains how to get started in IP.
All companies should engage with IP protection at the earliest opportunity.
Even if affording patent applications right now is a problem, they can make sure that any information that might, in the future, be relevant to a patent application is recorded with great accuracy and stored safely.
Information that would tell a skilled person how to work the invention should be kept strictly confidential until after the patent application is filed; you can’t get a patent for something if it is in the public domain.
Be aware, though, that every day you wait to file a patent for a given invention is a day when someone else might beat you to it; in research areas which are hot topics you might want to file sooner rather than later.
You should consider where you want protection for your invention; what are the key markets where it might be sold or used? Accordingly, you might need a patent only in a few jurisdictions, or to apply via the European Patent Office, or to make a worldwide patent application. Please note that the two latter routes do not give you Europe-wide or world-wide patents as such; rather, at the end of the process you will have patents in multiple jurisdictions. However, these processes do at least make applying for patents in multiple jurisdictions easier and (usually) less costly.
Also, it might be possible to get funding from third parties to assist with applying for patents, on the basis that they get a piece of your profits once the invention starts making you money. Ultimately, with decisions of this magnitude I would always recommend seeking professional advice from people who understand your business and personal circumstances. Contact EIP for an initial discussion about your requirements.
[Adapted from an article originally published by the Financial Times and FT.com]
The 2019 edition of IP Stars has highlighted seven EIP partners as outstanding practitioners.
Heather McCann, Darren Smyth, Gary Moss, Jerome Spaargaren, Kathleen Fox Murphy, and Andrew Sharples are considered “Patent Stars”, while Paula Flutter is named as both a “Patent Star” and “Trademark Star”.
Individuals are recognised by IP Stars following extensive research, including information submitted by firms, market feedback and publicly available information.
Associate Tom Hailes has joined a group behind the launch of a new community for early career stage IP professionals.
IP Futures is intended to offer networking and support for people working in IP who are not yet qualified, or less than three years post-qualification. IP Futures is part of IP Inclusive, a network of IP professionals looking to make the profession more equal, diverse and inclusive.
The IP Futures committee is conducting an anonymous survey which is looking at diversity levels among the next generation of IP professionals. To complete the survey, following the link here.