Intangium is an Australian intellectual property (IP) consultancy.
We've helped research-intensive organisations around the world.
How we help
Perhaps you’d like broad input on the way your organisation treats IP, or maybe you need more specific help. Let's discuss it.
We've helped to:
Develop strategies to change attitudes to IP
Develop programs to increase invention disclosure submissions
Update IP strategies, policies and procedures
Improve knowledge security
Prepare spin-offs for investment or trade sale
Audit the current state of IP management.
We offer an independent perspective. We’re not affiliated with any patent attorney firm or law firm and we don't provide patent attorney or legal services (more information here).
Client references can be provided on application.
Documentation of R&D
Reduce the documentation burden on your R&D people. We’re experienced at communicating technical and business concepts clearly and concisely. We'll regularly document technical progress, including:
Invention disclosures summarise patentable inventions in a way that both inventors and patent attorneys understand.
R&D summaries document eligible R&D activities of organisations eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive in Australia. It's an easier way to provide project information to R&D tax advisors.
Our targeted IP training provides practical information people can use in their roles. The training helps to build a culture of innovation and reduces the risk of mismanaging IP.
The human side of IP management
There’s a common misconception that IP management is purely about “technical” issues such as strategies, policies, procedures, licences, or legal matters. The reality is that when developing IP systems for an organisation, it’s critical to consider the way people think and act.
For example, the willingness of people to create new IP is influenced by many factors, including the organisational culture, individual training, and the influence of role models and peers. Such "human factors" can be at least as influential as technical factors. By addressing both sets of factors, organisations can get more buy-in and potentially harness more IP.
We'll take you through a process of understanding and responding to the human factors in your organisation.
Our other site researcherplus.com looks at recent research regarding human factors and IP commercialisation.
Intangium is led by Dr Martin Puchert. He has over two decades of experience in helping high-tech organisations manage IP. He is a registered Australian patent attorney, certified in IP management by WIPO, and holds a PhD and BSc in Physics. Martin writes a blog (researcherplus.com) and has hosted a podcast (Talking Commercialisation).
Our code of conduct
We're serious about acting responsibly, ethically and competently, so we're publishing our own code of conduct. You can expect us to follow this code of conduct at all times.
We do not make false or misleading statements.
We do not disclose or misuse a client's confidential information.
We do not prefer our interests over a client's interests.
We avoid conflicts of interest and take reasonable steps to resolve a conflict of interest if one is discovered.
We do client work conscientiously, courteously, honestly, objectively, and lawfully.
We only do work that is within our competency.
We carry out work with reasonable skill and care.
We disclose to the client information that is materially relevant to work being undertaken for the client, subject to any obligations in relation to another person's confidential information.
What is intellectual property (IP)?
Intellectual property refers to the various legal rights provided for the protection of creative effort. The core types of IP are:
Confidential information and trade secrets.
Patents, trade marks, and registered designs must go through an official examination and registration process to be granted, whereas copyright, confidential information and trade secrets are not registered and take effect as soon as they are created.
Every organisation possesses confidential information. A trade secret is a type of confidential information which meets certain criteria (see our video on trade secrets).
Open source software licences and Creative Commons licences are special types of copyright licences which grant everyone permission to use licensed works in certain ways.
Other common IP rights include domain name rights, unregistered rights in a name or brand, circuit layout rights, and plant breeder's rights.
What is IP management?
IP management (which is what we do) is different from the work of patent attorneys and lawyers. The role of IP management in a research organisation usually includes identifying and assessing potential IP, arranging for protection of selected IP, controlling the way IP is used and exploited, supporting the IP needs of individuals in the organisation, and generally providing internal leadership on IP and the organisational culture related to IP.
Patent attorneys specialise in the difficult work of preparing and prosecuting patent and trade mark applications. Intangium does not offer patent attorney or legal services but will happily work with your chosen patent attorney or lawyer.
Level 2, 80 Clarence St
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
+61 416 213 301