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.
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.
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Counterfeiting: What Is It and What Can You Do About It?
The value of your brands and other intellectual property (IP) rights can be affected both positively and negatively as you expand your markets - in many cases as the notoriety of your company and your brands increases, so does the temptation for people to copy or trade on the goodwill and value of your IP rights and planning to deal with counterfeit products is one area in which many companies can benefit from the deployment of some resources. Companies addressing some of these issues in their market development plans will be best positioned to protect, exploit and maximize their own IP positions as their businesses grow.
WHAT WE DO
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.
Companies wishing to develop or exploit computer software, or e-commerce methods and the like, typically find themselves protected by copyright in their software code as well as by the possibility of filing one or more patent applications directed to their methods. We can assist with these efforts, as well as dealing with other related IP issues for software companies including authorship and ownership, and domain name issues.