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Playing your cards right: trade secret or patent?

Understand the strengths and weaknesses of trade secrets and patents before choosing one or the other for your Intellectual Property (IP).

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The now and future of MENAP IP: a roundtable discussion

Our expert panel discuss the current state of IP in the MENAP region and what the future holds.

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Pick your patent poison: to renew upfront or not?

South Africa provides a practical case study of a jurisdiction where only renewals are payable.

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When do patents expire?

The answer to the question "When do patents expire?" depends on several factors, including the jurisdiction of their original registration.

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Utility patent vs. design patent: What protections do they offer?

Understanding the utility patent vs. design patent distinction — and how these categories vary around the world — is vital to securing the right IP protection.

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Closing in on the Unitary Patent and opt-out strategies

It is time to think about the advent of the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) later in 2022 or early 2023.

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Your go-to guide to patent renewals

Receiving a patent grant is more than half the battle, but maintaining the exclusive rights to your invention for as long as possible is not as straightforward as might be imagined.

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Can an AI think like an IP professional?

Discover what modern methodologies can offer your company and unlock your IP team's full potential.

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EP Validation through Dennemeyer & Associates’ lens

Discover some of the critical issues that arise and how you can better manage the EP validation process.

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Why freedom to operate is essential for startups

Freedom to operate is a crucial step, especially for startup companies and those seeking external funding.

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Associate Spotlight with Dirk Kromm

Get to know Dirk Kromm, Head of Patents for Dennemeyer & Associates' Germany office.

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South Africa and Australia tackle AI inventorship in patents

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) systems have been moving from the realm of science fiction into real life as advanced neural networks begin to find applications in various industries.