Martijn Rutten has many years of experience dealing with software startups. He has some interesting perspectives to share about patents, and in particular software patents. There will eventually be 3 parts.
Some comments by Pete Pollard:
Registration for #INTA2020 is now open. On Tu 28 Apr, we will participate in a panel discussion on how patents can be used to improve and support branding. Indicate your interest during registration to attend this free Education Session - CT51 (Tue 3:30 - 4:45pm). We hope to see you in Singapore!
Last year, IP.appify GmbH launched its revolutionary approach to preparing for the legal part of the EQE. See this post for my positive experiences using their EPC.App under exam conditions. I am proud to be now working with Till Andlauer, Stefan Ahlers & Thomas Eißfeller to get PCT.App ready for EQE 2020.
A vital part of any exam preparation is to practice exams. By solving papers in a group, you benefit from the ideas and insights of others. Just as important is the social aspect - you spend a few days in the Polish mountains with other candidates who have similar issues and struggles. In particular, non-native speakers and re-sitters benefit a lot from considering different points of view.
On Sun 19th May, we hosted a panel discussion on how interconnected networks will be key to the future of IP firms - CSU55 (Sun 2:30 - 3:45pm). Click on the picture for more details.
Every year, the EPO hosts a Tutor's Meeting where EQE tutors discuss the last exams with the Examination Committee's who made them. On 18 Oct 2018, Pete Pollard (Fireball Patents) talked about why the DII part (Legal Opinion) of the D paper should be embraced by trainees, tutors & mentors to prepare trainees for their working life. By developing certain real-life skills, trainees can efficiently develop their own methodology to score enough marks at the exam to pass.
Startups often worry about future conflicts with other patent holders. This guide discusses initiatives to protect groups and members.
Unified Patents is free to join if your turnover is less than $ 20 million.
A short article from the WIPO magazine by Quantify IP, giving some tips which can be used by those looking for patent protection in many countries.
This table gives a short overview (in Dutch) of the possibilities at different stages of growth
There are a confusing number of programs and arrangements available at local and national level in The Netherlands. Sprout (in Dutch) gives a nice overview.