How to protect a patent ?

You are an investor

A company’s value, whether it produces goods or services, relies on the use of its intangible assets: patents, trade marks, designs & models, expertise or copyrights. This value is closely related to the enterprise’s ability to generate new assets (innovation) and guarantee their protection. As an investor or trustee, it is essential to precisely evaluate the portfolio of rights of a company you are going to invest in. Since its creation in 1987, Griffes Consulting SA has assisted banking institutions, private investors, trustees and investment funds in their evaluation process.

The patent of invention is a title deed issued for a new invention that can be used industrially. This might be a product (clock movement) or a manufacturing process (laser cutting).

As a patent holder, you can prohibit any third party from using your invention for industrial purposes, manufacturing it, selling it or using technological elements.

The patent protects you for 20 years in the countries where the invention is registered. The patent of invention, like a title deed, can be sold, granted or subject to a licence agreement.

Researching prior art is a key step in protecting your innovation.

Before taking any registration action, depending on the nature of your invention, Griffes Consulting may conduct various prior art research.

Researching freedom to operate aims to determine if your invention can be freely used

In turn, researching patentability aims to determine if your invention meets the criteria of novelty and inventiveness, vital criteria for protecting your invention by filing a patent application. 

Griffes Consulting SA establishes the strategy and defines the registration budget of all your patent rights in Switzerland, Europe and internationally thanks to its network of qualified partners.

Our legal experts and lawyers provide their expertise, knowledge and attention to successfully carry out this crucial step in creating your portfolio of rights: brands, patents, design, domain names and copyrights.

To protect your rights, Griffes Consulting SA manages all your Intellectual Property proceedings thanks to a network of more than 150 expert offices worldwide.

Your rights are also available and can managed from your private and secure space: Portfolio Online™

Whatever your intellectual property right (brand, industrial designs, patents or copyrights) and its geographical area of application may be, we manage your portfolio, its renewal deadlines and all procedures necessary to maintain and update it.

The Griffes Consulting SA on-line platform is available to you 24/24, for secure access to all your rights and ongoing proceedings, on Portfolio Online™. From registering your rights and throughout their lifetime, it is important to monitor their legal and commercial ecosystems. Your competitors may attempt to seize your rights or create confusion by registering similar rights.

Our monitoring consists of :
- Detecting potential infringements of your rights by any new third-party registration
- Putting in place a targeted Technology Watch
Investigating trade shows
Monitoring certain market players (economic intelligence)
- Investigating the use of brand names.

During an infringement of your right by a third-party registration, our lawyers will assist you, alongside competent organisations, Intellectual Property offices and tribunals, in filing an opposition.

The holder of an earlier trade mark may oppose any new registration through an administrative procedure. We offer the necessary and appropriate means to ensure your rights are respected and valued. Whether this is through an amicable settlement or implementing legal proceedings and custom’s seizures if necessary.