After lunch and another opportunity for congenial
notworking networking, the first session of 'From IP to NP' at the Dan Panorama Convention Center, Tel Aviv, offered a choice of
1. (for senior management & stakeholders) "IP Trends in Asia"This Kat opted for the one in the middle: Entrepreneurs and IP Managers: Seminar on IP Rights Registration in a Constantly Changing World, Part B: Corporate Patents Management, Idit Ophir (Arad Ophir) and moderated by Sandy Colb (Sanford T. Colb & Co.)
2. (for entrepreneurs and IP managers) Seminar on IP Rights Registration in a Constantly Changing World, Part B: Corporate Patents Management
3. (for entrepreneurs and IP professionals) Trends and Rulings Regarding Service Inventions
ANDA from your DMF, or didn't know that your QBD emerged from your PDR, you'd have been pretty well KO'd.
languages than colours
Micaela told us a tale of the bewilderment of some European patent examiners who were astonished that some patent applicants weren't prepared to press to grant and get their applications translated after receiving their notice of allowance: they had to persuaded that sometimes a patent that looks quite exciting, an indeed commercially viable, when it's applied for but was no longer of much use by the time the grant approached.
|An EPO examiner reacts|
to a PPH search report
Due diligence can't be stretched from one territory to another: "what's good to go in the US may not be good to go in the UK". Likewise, apparently 'safe' IP might come with strings attached, especially where the invention is supported by public funding or constitutes a service invention in which rights are disputed or compensation payable. Doing due diligence requires some degree of understanding of the technology covered by the target IP: a vendor's description of the gap between its patents and the prior art can't be taken at face value, however earnestly it's expressed.
The regulatory environment must also be appreciated, especially since different regulatory authorities have a different tolerance of what is allowed or not. "Diligence is the mother of good luck", said Benjamin Franklin -- and that applies equally to due diligence. Do it carefully, but trust your instincts and be prepared to take that risk.