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A fresh approach to

intellectual property management

Supporting research institutes, universities and companies to generate more IP and get more impact from IP

Intangium is an Australian IP consultancy.

We've helped research-intensive organisations around the world.

How we help

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Consulting

Perhaps you’d like a fresh perspective on the way your organisation treats IP. Or perhaps you need input on a specific IP-related issue. Let's discuss it. We'll work collaboratively with you to develop practical solutions. 

For example, 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 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 in a clear and concise way. Some clients engage us on a regular basis to 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.

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Training

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.

Contact us to discuss your situation.

The human side of IP management

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There’s a common misconception that IP management is all about “technical” issues (strategies, policies, procedures, documentation, legal matters etc.) rather than people management issues. While technical issues certainly play a prominent role, human factors can also be important. 

For example, a researcher’s willingness to be involved in developing IP is influenced by both human factors and technical factors. The human factors might include the organisational culture, prior commercialisation experience, training, and the influence of role models and peers. Such human factors can be just as influential as technical factors. Addressing both sets of factors increases the chances of generating valuable new IP rights.

We can help clients to understand and respond to technical and human factors as needed.
 

On a related topic, our other site researcherplus.com looks at human factors affecting IP commercialisation.

 

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 writes a blog (researcherplus.com) and has hosted a 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.

 

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Level 2, 80 Clarence St

Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

+61 416 213 301