Congratulations! You’ve had an idea. A ground-breaking innovation that is going to make you millions. All you need to do is apply for a patent and start raking in the cash. Unfortunately, it is not that simple as Member of the Board Dipl.-Ing. Gudrun Skupch, a patent lawyer who has been with PAVIS for 20 years knows only too well. “Successfully registering the patent is just the first hurdle; patents have to be tended like fragile plants if they are to bloom into commercial success.”
In practice, this means that patent fees must be paid each year and in each country in which the patent has been registered. Failure to do so opens the door for competitors to swoop in and steal the innovation.
Ensuring that patent fees are paid on time is the key service provided by PAVIS. Its clients are the companies holding the patents and other patent lawyers.
“If a company is to make full use of the 20-year validity of their patent, they must ensure that they are up-to-date with renewal fee payments,” says Ms. Skupch. “We are active internationally and make payments on behalf of our clients in 240 countries around the world. The rules regarding these payments differ from country to country and can be a minefield for the uninitiated. We take the worry out of protecting their intellectual property from patent holders, allowing them to focus on establishing themselves as the market leader for their innovation while it is still theirs to exploit exclusively.”
Thanks to its longstanding experience in the patents field, PAVIS can achieve significant cost savings on behalf of its clients. “We take full responsibility for ensuring that payments are always made on time, relieving the client of an otherwise expensive bureaucratic burden,” says Ms. Skupch. “Our business is very much based on trust and most of our new clients are referred to us by satisfied customers.”
As an international intellectual property service provider, PAVIS also offers services associated with industrial property rights, patent right management, patent protection, trademarks, registered design and patent research in addition to its fee management services.
“We have been in this business since 1980 and have ensured we stay up to date with all new developments,” says Ms. Skupch. “We also run regular seminars for professionals in the patent industry and are recognised as a leading expert in all things related to patents.” This reputation will assure the company’s future whatever innovations may lie ahead.