In a recent article, we outlined the role of IP in the innovation process. In particular, we noted that the innovation process can be conveniently described as having 4 main stages, namely:
The process may also include iterative aspects and is often cyclical in order to continually produce new product and service offerings to the market (the so-called “cycle of innovation”).
We noted that the involvement of an IP professional is critical at each stage of the innovation process, for example to provide advice on: legal (confidentiality) agreements, prior art searching and analysis (patentability, freedom to operate, competitor and landscape mapping), trade mark and design registrations, patent strategy (including advice on when a trade secret vs patent protection is appropriate), and enforcement matters.
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The role of IP in innovation article first appeared on Shelston IP's website on 7 June 2018.