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Patent protection

Patent searches

There are many criteria that can be used when searching the national or international patent databases and the choice is largely determined by the goal of the search. Besides straightforward search ...

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Patent applications

Patents are a way of protecting the inventions and as they offer a significant competitive advantage to their owners, patents are extremely valuable assets. Thus, properly managing a patent portfolio ...

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Utility model applications

Utility models are another way to protect inventions. As they last shorter than patents and as the Intellectual Property Office does not substantially examine them, the registration process is often ...

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Patent annuity payments

In order for patents to maintain their validity for the full possible term of 20 years, annuity payments must be made each year.  It is crucial to have reliable support as missing timely payments ...

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SPC applications

Supplementary Protection Certificate enables some of the inventions already protected by patents to last 25 instead of only 20 years. These inventions must be related to the protection of biologically ...

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