What we can do for you
In the following, you will find some absolutely provoking statements of how we imagine proactive and modern IP support.
- Patents are no scientific publications but means for companies to protect R&D investments and to enforce and expand their market position.
- Patent protection should stand at the beginning of a project and not at its end.
- “Time-to-planet” means to file an application as soon as you can define the technical problem and have a concept for its solution.
- A patent requires novelty – a patent application only requires a clever attorney. A search report without any X-documents proves that the application claims were drafted too narrowly.
- Anyone who is willing to spend a six digit amount on R&D projects but who finds a four digit amount spent for the saving of this investment is too much behaves careless at best. But in the worst case he harms his company.
IP2 offers all legal services, particularly the drafting of patent applications and the prosecution of examination in the areas of general chemistry, pharmaceutics, biotechnology and process technology, as well as all services relating to the area of trademark and design law before the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and IP Office of the European Union (EUIPO).
Currently IP2 is handling a portfolio of more than 2.500 patents and about 5.000 trademarks world-wide.
After 20 years of experience in top positions in different IP departments in chemical industry, Bernd Fabry founded IP2 in 2006 with the vision to offer assistance, particularly to small and medium-sized enterprises, in the definition, development and implementation of an IP strategy and the handling and enforcement of industrial IP rights. In the meantime IP2 has been developed to the biggest IP law firm in the area, their attorneys having an expertise in industry in total of more than 50 years.
In the course of the recent years, IP2 has extended its services by providing opinions on both economic and legal questions. We focus on the provision of opinions with respect to company takeovers and the monetary evaluation of IP rights as well as portfolio analyses, which will be created in co-operation with Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar (WHU).
In 2017 IAM rated Bernd Fabry among the 300 leading IP strategists world-wide.
Our evaluations with respect to patent law focus on product and process opinions, infringement opinions as well as on the assessment of issues under the law on employee inventors.
With Prof. Michael Trimborn as IP2s Executive Counsel we have a well-respected attorney-at-law on board, specialized particularly in the Germen Employee Inventors Law and in the litigation of patent and trademark infringement cases. Thus, IP2 can provide both intellectual property and legal support out of one hand.
INTELLECTUTAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE COSTLY TO ACQUIRE AND MAINTAIN …
This comment is often heard when the issue of patents, trademarks and related IP rights is discussed. And it is true: mistakes in the field of IP can be dear. However, this does not only concern the protection of your own inventions and the infringement of competing patents.
Companies without a clear strategy and efficient portfolio management do not only file inadequate applications, but eventually pay enormous amounts of money for IP rights that are of no benefit for them.
According to our experience, companies, which do not regularly review their patent and trademark portfolio, impro-perly invest between 20 and 30 % of all their cost with respect to the maintenance of these IP rights. This cost can be saved. In addition: companies that have never carried out such a review before could easily save 50 % and more.
Our philosophy is based on the comprehensive, competent and punctual provision of advice to our clients for an attractive price, which shows that IP management and cost awareness are indeed compatible. Certainly, we also wish to make money, but we do avoid any expenditure that might benefit us but not our client, and pass on this cost advantage to you. One example is our decentralized organization, which relies on an extensive network of co-operation partners in more than 25 countries world-wide.
Due to our extensive experience in companies we know about the needs of our clients and prefer pragmatic solutions rather than to offer academic approaches which do not lead to a reasonable result within the required time frame.
We also know about costs and budgeting and offer for almost every service cost proposals, fixed prices and – depending on the volume – flat rates.