You want intellectual property advice that makes sense to your business.

Furman IP is a full-service intellectual property law and agency firm.  As patent and trademark agents we help clients to protect their patent and trademark rights, as well as helping you to design and integrate IP value right into the fabric of your business.  By taking the time to understand the business and industries of our clients we deliver the best possible guidance to help maximize innovation capture and value.

You want to maximize the return on innovation in your company.  You want a partner in your IP strategy, who knows your business.  You want Furman IP.


Making Room for IP Strategy in the Boardroom

The approach taken to IP issues, and the importance of the IP assets of the company, fits within the larger context of enterprise strategic planning and management and the board should work together to ensure that the risk profile of IP strategy is in line with the remainder of the corporate structure and plans.

IP legal considerations when entering the Canadian market

I spoke recently as a panelist at the Global Intellectual Property Law Symposium hosted by Gearhart Law in New Jersey and New York. The topic of my panel comments was to outline the Canadian legal environment for American SME's and other companies considering entering the Canadian marketplace and the IP regime here.

New Canadian trademark law amendments – business impact

In the summer of 2014 a large series of amendments to the Trademarks Act in Canada received Royal Assent. The implementation of these treaties and legislative changes will have a significant impact on trademark practice and brand owners in Canada. The article is intended to provide a very basic understanding of the high points of the amendments and how they might impact businesses and brand owners


Product clearance and freedom to operate

So you have a great idea – what if someone beat you to it? One of the areas in which we often assist businesses is the assessment of freedom to operate or clearance of the manufacture or sale of a particular product or service in a market, to minimize risk of infringement. Freedom to operate clearance can include specific questions about a patent or competitor of interest, or more broad-based technical field searches.