Patent Attorney of Ukraine Oleksandr Kolosov provides services for conducting the patent audit of the intellectual property objects .
In order to organize protection and effective use of intellectual property objects (IPO) in a company, you should, first of all, audit the IPO. The purpose of the said audit is to obtain a real idea about the composition of the portfolio and the current state of the IPO, and the identification of intellectual activity results that need primary legal protection.
Typically, the portfolio of IPO for patent audit includes existing (or potential) inventions, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks for goods and services, copyright objects (design and technological documentation, database, text programs, technical and technological regulations, technical conditions, descriptions, instructions, etc.), as well as trade secrets or know-how (technical, financial, managerial).
In the process of patent audit determining the quality, volume, detail, value and potential value of the existing IPO, particularly patents is conducted. Equally important is the identification of protected results of intellectual activity of the company, the existence and validity of security documents, timeliness of payment of fees, the analysis of accounting documents for setting registered IPO on accounting as intangible assets. In case licensing agreements are existing the documents confirming the completeness and timeliness of the royalties are checked.
During the patent audit problems with the distribution rights to the IPO are revealed, and patenting activity of competitors is also studied.
It is well known that at the present stage of economic development the patents are essential tools and basic weapons of technological business. Therefore, they, like any other tool, and weapons even more - need constant care and regular health checks. This is especially true when they are purchased or are just planning to be purchased from someone else.
Despite the apparent resemblance to each other, the quality and value of different patents may differ drastically. One patent can cost tens of millions of $, and the other, almost identical, but with two feet and does completely indistinguishable - may not be worth a dime. In order to determine the value of a patent, it is necessary to examine it, in particular it is compulsory when selling patents.
Thus, verification of the status and quality of patent tools includes a sufficiently large number of actions, requires special knowledge and skill, and like any other audit calls for a serious treatment. It is logical and justified to entrust this check to specialized professionals (to outsource it), who have, besides technical education, special education in the field of intellectual property as well as being proficient at evaluation methods of IPO's.
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