Intellectual property (IP) audits are an essential tool for understanding your company's IP situation and planning for its future-for one, because change breeds misconceptions, and IP law has greatly changed just in the past five years. The America Invents Act of 2011 changed many things about the playing field, especially in terms of what options are available for protecting your intellectual property. Also, in recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been on a mission to change IP law.
For another, IP investment is growing rapidly, and you may not even be aware of the degree to which patents and trade secrets make up a potential investor or buyer's view of your company. The number of US patents is up 50% over last 10 years, and every business owns one or more forms of IP critical to their ability to compete in their markets. In fact, IP assets are usually the reason for a company's competitive edge. IP audits are a means of taking stock of these assets, protecting them, and monetizing them. They can help protect existing IP rights from damage and loss, and can identify opportunities to repair or recover IP.
What makes IP audits important at this point in time?
Attend this session by our expert speaker Clifton E. McCann, and learn how to identify, preserve and repair existing intellectual property rights and how to expand IP to increase profits and to block competitors, via the essential tool of the IP audit. Further, learn how IP audits form a basis for streamlining how IP is handled in your organization, to make protecting your intellectual property rights just part of how business is done.
This presentation will help companies achieve the following goals:
Who should attend?
Clifton E. McCann
Clifton McCann is a patent attorney and partner in Thompson Hine LLP's Intellectual Property group in Washington, D.C. He has a technical background in chemistry, biology, and physics and helps clients obtain, enforce, license, and defend patent rights, and defend against infringement claims made by others. He has obta... More info