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Where/whom should I approach if I need professional advice on IP-related matters?
IPOS International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IPOS, housing over 100 IP experts in areas such as IP strategy and management, patent search and analysis, and IP education and training. For questions related to IP Management, contact IPOS International at: firstname.lastname@example.org
IPOS also offers complimentary business consultancy/legal clinics with external partners. If you wish to speak to an external IP business consultant or an IP lawyer over a 45-minute complimentary session, you may make an appointment here for an
A Patent Agent (also known as a Patent Attorney) acts for clients in the drafting and filing of patents to secure protection for their inventions. You may click
for the Register of Patent Agents in Singapore.
Why are IP assets valuable to my company?
Successful businesses are leveraging IP to differentiate themselves from their competitors. IP is widely viewed as the driving force in a company for greater innovation in areas such as design, marketing or production. It is also an engine for growth as the company can harness its IP for exploitation to generate substantial revenue. Some examples of IP exploitation are:
- franchising of business formats. E.g. Ya Kun Kaya Toast's franchise.
- licensing technology. E.g. Trek 2000 has licensed its USB flash drive solution.
- licensing content characters. E.g. 'Katakune', a 3D-animated series for children about a seven-year-old silkworm, was sold to CCTV in China and televised in 2006. Singapore company Character Farm owns the registered trade mark of "Katakune" and has since licensed it for merchandise.
- other forms of commercialisation by making use of knowledge gained. E.g. Adam Khoo, a renowned motivational speaker, gives seminars and workshops and publishes books on various topics on self-improvement.
Hence, even if your competitor can copy ideas from one of your products, it is not able to replicate your entire robust system to manage human resource, innovation and IP commercialisation when it is well protected.
Proper deployment of IP management (IPM) can help to bring about good reputation, revenue and market share to the company.
Also see FAQ on "How do I manage or protect my IP assets. Will it be costly?" and "Are my IP assets protected when I venture overseas?"
How do I manage or protect my IP assets. Will it be costly?
There are many ways you can adopt to protect your company's IP assets. It ranges from encouraging innovation to registering your IPs (e.g. trade marks, patents) with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), from having a simple process to restrict access to confidential information to putting in place a rigorous IP management (IPM) process. However, IP owners should consider the cost of IP management and protection alongside the fulfilment of business objectives.
For more information on available financial assistance schemes for SMEs, see FAQ on "Where else can I get help on IP management (IPM)?"
Also see FAQ on "Are there tools to help me manage my IPs?"
Where can I get help on IP Management (IPM)?
As the expertise and enterprise engagement arm, IPOS International aims to bridge possibilities for intangible asset-rich enterprises in the innovation ecosystem and scale industries for growth. IPOS' wholly-owned subsidiary, IPOS International have assisted various enterprises to grow using their IP. Read more about their
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Are my IP assets protected when I venture overseas?
Companies may find their expansion plans hindered when they expand overseas. For example, there were cases where companies were late in finding out that their company names and trade marks had already been registered by another company. Some may even find themselves being sued for "trade mark infringement" for trade names that they have been using back at home.
Such issues could be avoided if adequate IP management (IPM) practices were part of the company's culture and IP issues were considered as a part of the company's business expansion plans.
Also see FAQ on "How do I manage or protect my IP assets. Will it be costly?"
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Last updated on 18 November, 2013
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