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
Often the first questions which companies have in establishing a baseline understanding of their IP portfolio to build upon is to understand what types of IP assets or obligations they already have. IP audits or inventories can assist in this regard – with the results of an IP audit in hand, companies can assemble the building blocks upon which to develop and evolve their IP strategy, or to gain valuable insight into areas of strength or weakness in an IP plan. We can help in framing and executing the preparation of IP inventories.
Agricultural and food products
From the procurement of patents or trademark registrations on the front end of the process, through to enforcement or defense of infringement litigation, we have experience representing clients working in in the agricultural and food industry in the past, both in Canada and around the world. We have experience managing trademark portfolios in the hundreds of different brands around the world for distributed multinational operations and have advised many clients in these industries in the creation or negotiation or enforcement of licensing and distribution agreements, and other contracts touching on IP law.