First things to be aware of in protecting your innovations against free-riding competitors
Launching your innovative product without first arranging your IP protection is a mistake which is nowadays still made. Own disclosures may be novelty destroying for a patent application. Being too eager to get governmental funding, to reach investors by crowdfunding sites, or to get in contact with market parties might be devastating to the possibilities to get a patent. Find out the game rules of patenting before the game starts. This presentation will be about timing for patent protection. Not too late, but also not too early. What is the timeline and what are the costs involved. What homework should be done first before getting in contact with a patent attorney. The presentation will provide you some headlines of grant procedures with the most relevant milestones. This will help you to integrate an IP plan in your business plan. Further, some helpful insights will be given on how to distinct different patent publications. How to read a patent publication of your competitor. Is it just a disclosure of technical information without legal relevance or is there a burden and a need for permission for marketing your innovation?
Biography Kees Hollaar
Kees Hollaar is a Patent Attorney at EP&C. He has a background in mechanical engineering and graduated in 1999 at the Eindhoven Technical University in the field of Precision Engineering. After five years of working as a mechanical engineer at an Engineering Firm, in 2004, he decided to switch his career to become a Patent Attorney in private practise. Kees Hollaar passed all Dutch and European qualifying exams in 2008. Now, he been assisting many clients in adopting and completing a smart patenting strategy. Kees Hollaar helped building patent portfolios which contributed to techno-starters in attracting new investments to increase their market share. It is noteworthy that some of these techno-starters who were started by just a few persons succeeded within 10 years to sell their company to a multinational firm. Kees Hollaar will be our enthusiastic speaker at the conference to present us some hands-on clues to start patenting innovations.
Day: December 10th.
Where: Start-up track.
Time: 12:10h – 12:30h.