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During start-up phase, a company may face financial issue. If having any patent technology, the company may get financing by patent evaluation and guarantee. If no patent is accumulated during the start-up phase, even if the company has its own unique technique, the technique may unintentionally or inevitably fall into the protection scope of patents of the competitor(s) or the industrial giant(s). Therefore, such a company shall actively obtain patent licenses from the industrial giant(s) and accumulate a number of patents by patent transfer in the patent exchange market. Inside the company, patent mining and patent application shall be done as early as possible.
  • Patent Mining & Deployment
  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • IP Evaluation & Transaction
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
Example:
Company X now is facing serious patent issue since Company Q has to change its patent license strategy after punished for monopoly. The main reason why Company X encounters such issue today is that X excessively relied on patent licenses from Company Q and lacked patent activities by itself during its start-up phase.
After the start-up phase, the company has certain economic power and anti-risk capability. Meanwhile, it still needs to strengthen its patent defensive capability by patent operations such as licensing and transfer. In this stage, patent mining and application should become routine and result in good effects. Some companies may be sued by the competitors in the patent litigations; and some companies may make use of their already-constructed patent portfolio to accuse the competitors of patent infringement. Medium sized enterprises need to establish their own enterprises’ patent strategy to make research or planning for size of the patent portfolio, amount of the applications, industry layout, and global layout.
  • Patent Mining & Deployment
  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • IP Evaluation & Transaction
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
  • Patent Litigation
  • IP Strategy
Example:
As China’s innovations thrive, more and more SMEs will appear in the next decade years. How they can win in the innovation competition? That question will last always for consideration by CEO of each company. The ideal solution is to make an enterprise’s patent strategy in accordance with its own industry characteristics, size of the enterprise, and development direction.
When product or service of the company has occupied certain percentage of the market share, the revenue and the size of the company becomes large-scale. Meanwhile, the patent application activity has been a very important node in the enterprise’s innovation, and has formed certain style and mode. In addition to keeping filing patent applications, the company needs to focus on maintenance of patent portfolio, which relies on implementation of patent search and analysis. The enterprise’s patent strategy should change as development direction changes. Such sized company may handle many patent licenses and transfers, and frequently be sued by others or sue others by virtue of patent litigation. Moreover, when expanding the global market, the company has to do Freedom-To-Operate (FTO) analysis in order not to affect deployment of its own product and service. Further, in view of commercial activities such as IPO, M&A, or the like, the due diligence shall be carried out.
  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • Patent Portfolio Maintenance
  • Patent Search and Analysis
  • IP Strategy
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
  • Patent Litigation
  • FTO Analysis
  • Due Diligence
Example:
Company H occupied a large percentage in the smart phone market share in a few years ago, but now declines and has only a small market share after patent litigations with Company W and Company A. In addition to factor of product, ignoring the enterprise’s patent strategy, waiving the maintenance of the patent portfolio, and lacking patent licensing and FTO analysis in main markets affect Company H’s market share. Currently, Company H obtains an opportunity to catch its breath after patent licensing and settlement in the litigations, but has temporally lost advantage and market; Company H may return to its original position in the market only if paying more attention to patent innovations, operations, and strategy.
An industrial giant, who is at the top of the industry, has constructed a patent portfolio with certain strategical advantage by way of patent application, licensing and transfer. Such an enterprise’s patent strategy should include not only patent applications and construction of patent portfolio, but also focusing on the patent layout of future technology and future industries so that it may act as soon as possible to camp on the high technique in the next generation. Meanwhile, it may obstruct and limit competitors’ development by patent litigation, and further make its own patent technique become standards of the industry and actively build a variety of patent pools in order to strengthen its dominant position in the industry. Be careful to make intellectual property agreement with employees to predetermine ownership of the service invention and the rewords therefor in the form of labor contract or the like: to reasonably reward the important inventors to encourage employees’ innovation minds while ensuring any core technique absolutely belongs to the company so that the company could always lead the technique innovation. At the same time, the company can utilize defensive disclosure in order not to be attacked by the competitors by means of the patent tool. With respect to the brand new field and immature market, the company may consider “open patent” strategy to facilitate formation and development of the industry and in advance construct the layout of the industry and the technology.
  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
  • Patent Portfolio Maintenance
  • IP Strategy
  • Patent Litigation
  • Standard Patent
  • Patent Pool
  • Service Invention and Reward to Inventor
  • Open Patent
  • Defensive Disclosure
Example 1:
Just a few years ago, Company M firmly occupied the leading position of the telecommunication industry. However, since the new century came, its position has continuously gone down. Its market share on mobile phones was surpassed in succession by competitors such as Company N, Company S, and Company A, and other service departments were one by one stripped out from the company. Finally, the company was split into two: Mobility and Solutions, and the former was purchased by Company G and then sold to Company L. Although Company M’s R&D and innovation capability were very strong, it lost in layout of further technology and industry: it did not reach the dominant position in standard patents and choose the wrong direction in the 4G competition between WiMAX and LTE.
Example 2:
Recently, automotive companies T and F announced to open patents regarding fuel cell and EV (Electric Vehicle). They want to nurture and facilitate formation and development of the new energy vehicle industry including hybrid EV (HEV) and EV in order to keep the leading position in the future competition. On one hand, such "open patent" action is not to open all patents, that is, the scope of "open patents" is limited into a particular field – new energy vehicle, and some core patents will be reserved; on the other hand, such "open patent" action will not last forever, that is, those companies will gain their rich benefits from patents in this field after the industry grows up.

Various Peoples

  • IP Strategy
  • Patent Search & Analysis
  • Patent Trend Analysis
  • Patent Early-warning
  • Freedom to Operate (FTO) analysis
  • IP Due Diligence

  • Patent Mining & Deployment
  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • Patent Reexamination
  • Patent Invalidation
  • IP Litigation
  • Patent Ownership Dispute & Service Invention

  • IP Evaluation & Transaction
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
  • Patent Portfolio Management
  • Patent Annuity Payment
  • Application for Government Funding
  • Trademark Search
  • Trademark Registration & Renewal
  • Trademark Assignment, License and Modification
  • Non-use Cancellation to Trademark Registration
  • Trademark Opposition
  • Review of Trademark Refusal
  • Invalidation against Trademark Registration
  • Trademark Administrative Litigation

  • Customs Recordal of IP Rights
  • Domain Name Registration and Complaints
  • Software Copyright Registration
  • Patent Search & Analysis

  • Patent Mining & Deployment
  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • IP Litigation
  • Patent Ownership Dispute & Service Invention

  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
  • Application for Government Funding

  • Software Copyright Registration
  • Freedom to Operate (FTO) analysis
  • IP Strategy
  • Patent Search & Analysis
  • Patent Early-warning
  • Freedom to Operate (FTO) analysis
  • IP Due Diligence

  • IP Litigation

  • IP Evaluation & Transaction
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
  • Patent Portfolio Management

  • Trademark Search
  • Trademark Registration & Renewal
  • Trademark Assignment, Licensing and Modification
  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • Patent Invalidation
  • IP Litigation

  • Trademark Search
  • Trademark Registration & Renewal
  • Trademark Assignment, Licensing and Modification
  • Non-use Cancellation to Trademark Registration
  • Trademark Opposition
  • Review of Trademark Refusal
  • Invalidation against Trademark Registration
  • Patent Search & Analysis
  • Freedom to Operate (FTO) analysis
  • IP Due Diligence

  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • Patent Reexamination
  • Patent Invalidation
  • IP Litigation

  • IP Evaluation & Transaction
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
  • Trademark Search
  • Trademark Registration & Renewal
  • Trademark Assignment, Licensing and Modification
  • Non-use Cancellation to Trademark Registration
  • Trademark Opposition
  • Review of Trademark Refusal
  • Invalidation against Trademark Registration
  • Trademark Administrative Litigation

  • Customs Recordal of IP Rights
  • Domain Name Registration and Complaints
  • Software Copyright Registration
  • Patent Search & Analysis
  • Patent Trend Analysis

  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • IP Litigation
  • Patent Ownership Dispute & Service Invention

  • Patent Annuity Payment
  • Application for Government Funding

  • Software Copyright Registration
  • Patent Search & Analysis

  • Patent Application & Prosecution
  • Patent Invalidation
  • IP Litigation
  • Patent Ownership Dispute & Service Invention

  • IP Evaluation & Transaction
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
  • Patent Annuity Payment
  • Application for Government Funding

  • Software Copyright Registration
  • IP Strategy
  • Patent Trend Analysis

  • Application for Government Funding
  • IP Strategy
  • Patent Trend Analysis
  • Freedom to Operate (FTO) analysis
  • IP Due Diligence

  • IP Evaluation & Transaction
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge
  • IP Due Diligence

  • IP Litigation
  • Patent Ownership Dispute & Service Invention

  • IP Evaluation & Transaction
  • IP Transfer, Licensing & Pledge

  • Trademark Administrative Litigation
  • IP Litigation