Our Patent attorneys understand the necessity of Patent protection as well as the value it has in any business and are able to provide expert patent drafting, prosecution and litigation services in addition to strategic advice to both local and international clients.
We offer the following services in order to secure Patent protection:
Searches Patentability, Patent infringement, freedom-to-operate, technology landscape searches as well as competitor review and sector activity worldwide.
Patent Due Diligence For a variety of transactions, such as mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, licensing negotiations, spin-offs, and the like, IP due diligence of a company's intellectual property portfolio can play a critical role in the value of the deal. Focusing on patent-related aspects of a transaction, we perform Patent due diligence for parties contemplating investments in technology companies. We provide a Patent Portfolio Analysis of the target company to mitigate the risk to the investing firm.
Drafting and prosecution of Patent applications through to grant Our services include the drafting of Patent specifications for inventions and prosecution of local South African Patent applications and foreign Patent applications by way of our network of selected agents.
Assignments In a rights transfer, we provide strategic advice and are able to assist with preparing assignment documents, and attending to assignment recordals in any country.
Licensing The licensing of intellectual property can be riddled with hidden pitfalls if not adequately dealt with from the outset. We provide professional advice regarding license agreements and the terms and conditions under which these relationships should proceed. We also prepare license agreements for intellectual property rights and assist with disputes between parties concerning existing license agreements.
Recordal All changes affecting Patent rights may, and often should, be recorded at the relevant Patent Offices and we are able to assist with all relevant recordals.
Enforcing Patent Rights
Our services aimed at enforcing Patent rights include:
- Advising clients and preparing legal opinions on issues such as validity, amendment and infringement of client’s and third-party Patents.
- Patent litigation, revocation and related litigious matters for clients.
- Advising clients on the possibility of designing around third-party rights to avoid infringement.
We conduct and report on patentability searches for inventions in all fields. To do this, we use international on-line databases, in-house electronic and hard copy databases (dating back to the 1950s), the databases at various international Patent offices, and the South African patent office. These searches also cover relevant technology databases.
We also conduct infringement searches to determine the countries or territories in which an invention may be freely commercialised or utilised without fear of infringement.
Technology landscape searches
Technology Landscape Searches (TLRs) form part of our competitive and business intelligence services. TLRs encompass an analysis of the global or domestic research and development landscape based on data analytics of Patent publications within a specified technological field. Such an analysis enables clients to better align with technology trends, make informed strategic business decisions, ensure that market offerings remain current, and allows keeping up with latest developments while anticipating any potential disruptions in their current and future markets of interest.
Competitor and Sector Activity Worldwide searches
As part of our competitive and business intelligence services, we offer competitor and sector reviewing based on Patent activity. In academia there exists the notion of publish or perish, in industry the reality in our modern society is innovate or perish. The first step to follow innovation is the protection of innovative ideas, primarily through the patent system as the strongest form of protection for industrially applicable technology. Accordingly, monitoring patent publications of a specific competitor, or within an industry, enables one to anticipate movement by competitors, or even technological shifts in industry. This provides vital actionable intelligence for a participant in a dynamic field.
KISCH IP specializes in the following areas:
- Medical Sciences & Technology
- Animal Health Products
- Indigenous Biological Resources& Bioprospecting
- Genetically Modified Organisms
- Plant Biotechnology
- Regulatory Matters
- Forensic Sciences
- Microbiological Products
- Hydrogen Technology
- Polymer Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Water Purification
- Chemical Engineering
- Organic Chemistry
- Green Technology
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Computer-Implemented Inventions
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Mining Metallurgical