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Helping research organisations manage intellectual property

We help research institutes, universities, and companies get more impact from intellectual property

We're an Australian intellectual property (IP) consultancy. We've helped research-intensive organisations around the world.

How we help

Consulting

We help with both the human side of managing IP, such as individual attitudes and practices related to IP, and the technical aspects of IP management, such as IP systems, strategies, and documentation.

 

For example, we've helped 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.

As outsiders, we’re able to take a fresh look at what an organisation does with its IP. We take a collaborative approach to getting more impact from IP.

Note that our services are different from patent attorney and legal services (more information here).

Training

We believe everyone in an organisation should at least have a basic understanding of IP. Having this knowledge reduces the risk of losing or mismanaging IP and helps to build a culture of innovation. We deliver targeted training designed to give people practical knowledge they can use in their roles.

Documentation of R&D

We also document inventions and R&D on an ongoing basis:

  • 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.

A fresh approach to IP consulting

Making sense of the human side of IP

Traditional approaches to IP management focus purely on “technical” issues (legal issues, policies, procedures) and ignore the “human” side of IP (the way people think and act).

 

Our approach addresses both sides of IP. We know the human side is at least as important as the technical side when managing IP in a research organisation.

Relying on evidence

We take an evidence-based approach to consulting. Data is used to substantiate conclusions and recommendations. We keep up with relevant research literature and summarise the findings for clients. 

Incorporating training

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.

Our services generally include a training component to give people knowledge they can incorporate into their roles. 

Our people

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 hosts the podcast Talking Commercialisation.

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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:

  • Patents

  • Trade marks

  • Registered Designs

  • Copyright

  • 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.

 

Contact

Level 2, 80 Clarence St

Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

+61 416 213 301

 

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