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- Rich in tradition - active in patenting
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How can we assist you?
Acapo assist a number of companies in energy-intensive industry, from large multinational companies to small newly-established companies, and is very familiar with the challenges, possibilities and needs of these companies. Even the largest companies have started step by step in the development of patent strategy and the establishment of intellectual property, and we have wide experience in assisting new companies on this path. Not least, we have a program for developing a well-thought-out strategy plan to handle one’s own and others’ intellectual property.
Our consultants have extensive experience in these fields, also within strategy, preparation of applications and the processing of same, monitoring and infringement assessments. We also have several consultants with extensive international experience within research and industrial development.
Our lawyers and associated lawyers also assist our clients in pursuing violations of rights within and outside the courts of law.
Rich in tradition - active in patenting
Norway’s hydroelectric power resources were central in the industrialisation of our country, and were the origin of an extensive industry based on plenty and inexpensive electric power. Among the most energy-intensive are aluminium works, where enormous amounts of energy are used in electrolysis cells, and other electrochemical companies.
Despite a long history, development has not stopped. On the contrary we see from the Norwegian Industrial Property Office’s statistics that it is fields like industrial chemistry, thermodynamics etc. that are amongst the most active in patenting in Norway. Norsk Hydro alone has more than 800 filed applications in Norway since 1970. Thus, patenting shows that this industry is international where creativity takes place continuously and where the geographical area is increasing. At the same time the margins are getting smaller, the competition hardens, the need for technological development is increasing all the time, and the need for protection of the technology is thus obvious.
The statistics for patent applications within industrial chemistry and thermodynamics show small differences between Norwegian and foreign applicants. Amongst foreign applicants we see a large number of applications, while among Norwegian applicants it is relatively modest. This shows that also foreign participants are aware of the position of Norwegian industry.
International «patent landscape» - are you updated?
With such a large number of internationally established participants it is of the utmost importance that companies entering into this market are aware of the existing «patent landscape». The threat may be eased by implementing the same actions as the existing participants and have an active relationship to competitors’ rights. This may be done by performing a preliminary search before the product launch. Then, one avoids unintentional patent infringement with possible conflicts, and the risk of having to withdraw the product from the market. One may also be proactive by monitoring competitors and technical fields, and in that way have a continuous survey of new rights which crop up, and which also may indicate possible product launches by competitors.