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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 5

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

Investment and IP: what might investors want to know and how to be pitch-ready

Part 5 in a 6 part series

So far in this series we’ve talked about the role intellectual property (IP) plays in business, reasons to protect it, and the different forms of protection that exist. 

If your business has grown to the point of needing a serious injection of funds to sustain or accelerate momentum, chances are you will be thinking about investment.

So let’s turn our attention to investment and IP.  What might investors want to know, and how can you be pitch-ready for IP-related questions?

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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 4

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

The different forms of IP protection: which ones are right for your business?

Part 4 in a 6 part series

In previous articles, we’ve dealt with the bigger picture of understanding intellectual property (IP) and your business, what role it plays in value creation, how to approach IP strategy, and things to consider when deciding whether to protect your IP or not.

It’s now time to delve into a bit of the detail around the different forms of IP protection, and which ones are right for your business.

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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 3

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

The big question: to protect your IP or not?

Part 3 in a 6 part series.

In the second article of this series, we provided tips on how to get the intellectual property (IP) strategy for your business right from the outset.  We emphasised that early identification and capture of your IP is vital if you want to maximise its commercial potential and avoid making mistakes that cost you dearly down the track.

In this article, we deal with the question that is perhaps most often asked when it comes to IP - whether or not to protect it. The short answer is it depends on several factors including the type of business or organisation, its objectives, strategy and budget - and this is just the beginning of the conversation!

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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 2

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

IP strategy and your business: tips for getting this right from the outset

Part 2 in a 6 part series.

In the first article of this series we talked about the value that intangible assets represent to a business. On average, over 80% of a company’s value can be attributed to these assets which include formal intellectual property (IP) rights such as patents and trade marks as well as things like brand, reputation, processes, confidential information, customer relationships and know-how.

The reason for this is that a business’ intellectual assets often represent the primary source of fuel for generating long-term value.  It follows therefore, that there are considerable benefits to understanding what role intellectual property plays in your business strategy and how you can leverage it to achieve your objectives and desired outcomes.  In simple terms, this calls for the development of an IP strategy (a topic we deal with in more detail in this article).

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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 1

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

Business and IP: What role does intellectual property play in business, and why should you care?

Part 1 in a 6 part series. 

Intellectual property (IP) is often the most valuable but least understood asset of a successful business.  It belongs to a broader class of assets known as intangible assets which according to a 2015 research report by Ocean Tomo , represent on average 84% of company value.  This compares with just 17% back in 1975.

So what is driving growth in the comparative value of intangible assets? To answer this, we need to understand what they are, and the role they play in business.

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Getting the best protection

30 October 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

It’s a classic scenario. You’ve got a great concept and you’ve talked about it with people in your network. Is it a go? There’s nothing else like it on the market.

Stop. You may have just made a very large mistake that could derail your plans.

“Lots of companies effectively give away their good ideas before they’ve even decided if they’re worth protecting,” says patent attorney Jonathan Lucas of James & Wells.

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Imitation is a kind of artless flattery…and potentially illegal

30 October 2018. Posted by Ben Cain .

“Imitation is a kind of artless flattery” wrote Eustace Budgell in the newspaper The Spectator in October 1714. 300 years later, imitation is still a kind of artless flattery. It will also be illegal if it infringes someone’s copyright rights.

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Intellectual property and investment mythology

15 August 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

Intellectual property (IP) is an important consideration for investors when considering whether to invest in a business. At James & Wells we work with many businesses seeking to gain investment to help commercialise their innovations and to grow. We also advise investors as part of the due diligence process when assessing a company to invest in.

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IP should be the aperitif, the main course and dessert, not just the after-dinner mint

31 July 2018. Posted by Sébastien Aymeric .

Is a commonly used greeting something you can trade mark?

The recent spat between My Food Bag and giant German food company HelloFresh over the sentence “Hello, fresh start the programme” posed just that question, and more.

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July 2018 Newsletter

27 July 2018. Posted by Emily Agnew .

The first half of 2018 has been full of activity at James & Wells.  Our July 2018 newsletter is round-up of what we've been up to. 

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