With increasing pressure on costs coupled with an ever-increasing global burden for patents, it can be difficult to get a good deal on patent prosecution, says Malte Köllner.
The number of foreign patent filings continues to increase globally. And so do the tedious formalities of patent prosecution. Nevertheless, foreign filing is a necessity for IP departments of innovative companies, in order to keep freedom to operate in the major markets, to protect their own product range and service portfolio or to generate revenues from licence fees.
Why optimise prosecution?
Finding high quality and reliable partners which meet your firm’s local benchmark is not always as easy as you wish. Countries, cultures and (patent) attorneys are different, and so are the work results.
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