‘If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it’ Thomas Jefferson
U and IP caters to the needs of different categories of clients. Each service we offer is personalized, so that it fits your unique requirements. Our holistic approach takes into account many factors, including existing IP, objectives, position in the market, business strategy, budget and budget forecast, timetable, competition, location and next generation products.
Pre-investment startups and inventors
U and IP appreciates the difficulties and obstacles of getting started – the need to properly formulate the initial rough idea, to protect it, to build a prototype and to attract investment. U and IP understands the budgetary constraints and the critical timing involved. We would like to help you with optimizing your invention and planning your IP in line with your emerging business strategy. In our experience investors positively view IP which is being built as part of a strategic portfolio. We are also familiar with the problems associated with lack of manpower and the need for technical support. U and IP has a network of recommended vendors which may compliment your needs.
Startups and Mid-size companies
At some stage your IP portfolio may become too big for it to be financially viable to be handled by an external IP Law Firm. You may not be able to afford to employ a full time in-house patent attorney. U and IP offers you the option of utilizing its expertise to organize your portfolio, trim it, reduce costs where possible and use your external IP Law Firm for the more routine services it offers. Alternatively, you may be interested in utilizing U and IP for one of its services, such as patent application drafting or keeping a watch on your competition. U and IP is happy to provide you with an annual spring clean of your IP or more ongoing work.
Investors and Technology Incubators
U and IP ensures the IP of companies you have invested in, or are considering investing in, is organized, strategized, optimized and cost effective. We are happy to provide a one off service or an ongoing service.
For law firms who would like to offer their clients patent attorney services, but which do not want the expense of a full time department, U and IP offers a viable solution. U and IP can provide you with temporary patent attorney services, broadening your firms available services.
IP Law Firms
U and IP offers solutions to IP Law Firms. In times of extra workload, vacations or illness you can outsource to U and IP. U and IP is the ideal option for potential clients with which you have a conflict of interest. Rather than lose these clients to your competition, recommend U and IP. We are not your competition and would like to work hand in hand with you.