A patent application must be filed with an intellectual property office. After a patent granting procedure, in general, the granted patent provides an effective and exclusive protection for a time period of 20 years as calculated from the date of filing of the respective patent application, provided that renewal fees are regularly paid to the offices in accordance with the national legislation in those offices.
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Furthermore, as long as an invention is kept secret, and reasonable measures are taken to keep it secret, and furthermore the technical invention is not detectable by reverse-engineering, it can be subject to a trade secret. However, a trade secret has its own ways of protection. See in our overview.
We are capable of assisting our clients in all technical fields via the broad scientific expertise of our teams of dedicated patent attorneys, and thanks to our rich experience in serving our clients originating from both academy and industry.
We are proud to have experienced patent attorneys, qualified at the European Patent Office and at several national patent offices. Our patent attorneys, together with our patent engineers working under their supervision, have profound expertise and keep themselves up to date with the evolving patent practice and case law at the national, European, and International levels. Thanks to our trusted network of local patent attorneys, we can provide tailored advice with regards to patentability and filing strategy anywhere in the world.
We assess your invention both in its R&D and commercial context with a global purpose to effectively provide you with the best suited intellectual property protection of your invention.
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