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C4C staff can advise on IP protection best practices and law, set patent strategy, and retain counsel.

IP management

C4C’s internal IP staff includes patent portfolio managers with expertise in life sciences and engineering. Our experience in managing IP with outside law firms enables us to establish a strategy to maximize the commercial value of your IP.

Even before your research is ready for disclosure, we can review documentation of your research results and begin providing guidance on what IP strategy may be most successful.

Components of IP Management Services

The following diagram depicts the patent protection process and provides a good example of the range of services we can provide to you along the path to commercialization.

FROM INNOVATION
TO A COMMERCIALLY VIABLE IP

DISCLOSURE

understand innovation and
its potential

PATENT LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS

determine commercial
context and prior art

FULL PATENT APPLICATION

protect core concept
and establish priority

NON-PROVISIONAL PATENT PROTECTION

secure IP for commercial
promise and viability

CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT

preserve IP rights
when reaching out

IP STRATEGY

identify which claims are key

RETAIN OUTSIDE COUNSEL

select the attorneys with
the right expertise

ACTIVE PORTFOLIO
MANAGEMENT

ensure IP meets
commercialization needs