Whether you are preparing for a sale, purchase or license, facing a competitor challenge or litigation, or simply giving your business an IP ‘health check’, with experience of a diverse and international client base, our legal and technical IP specialists will be able to provide a structured and commercially-focused IP audit.
A service that clients often find particularly useful is an invention identification review in which projects or R&D initiatives can be systematically considered, in order to establish where there is the potential for patent filings.
An IP audit provides a clear overview of the scope of your company’s IP assets, including registered and unregistered IP rights.
A typical IP audit includes
- Formulations / recipes
- Import / export networks
- Manuals, brochures, advertising & publications
- Trade marks & brands
- Trade secrets
A particular area of expertise is the identification of inventions for potential patent filings (patent harvesting).
Having identified the relevant IP we will be able to assess its strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations for improved management and exploitation of your IP assets, in line with your overall business strategy.
IP audits for SMEs
As Chartered Patent Attorneys and Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys we are qualified to assist businesses taking part in the UK Intellectual Property Office’s IP Audits Plus scheme, which provides funding to qualifying high-growth SMEs for a structured IP audit. Applications for the IP Audit Plus scheme must be made to the UKIPO via the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) programme.EEN Programme