Making it patently clear
Negotiating the minefield of national and international patents procedures can be a costly nightmare, so it’s essential for start-ups to understand the system, writes Elaine O’Regan
For start-ups bringing a new product to the market, getting to grips with the ins and outs of the relevant intellectual property (IP) regime is a must.
A patent is a type of IP that gives its holder the exclusive legal rights to make and use an invention for a specified period of time.
While a company is not under any legal obligation to file a patent for a new product, failing to do so...
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