Haptics have been seen in various forms for decades but in recent years their development has accelerated and spread out into a wider range of fields than ever before. With more industries recognising the value of this exciting sector and entering the market themselves, it has become increasingly important to make sure a company’s intellectual property is protected and that potential IP-related risks are well understood.

In the following series we have taken an in-depth look at this technology area and the legal and practical considerations faced for businesses seeking to build, defend or exploit an IP portfolio in this area for commercial gain.

Are haptics inventions patentable?

In this white paper we will look at some examples of the history of haptics through patents. We discuss the requirements for patentability in Europe and considerations for businesses as they look to commercialise their ideas and extract revenue from their IP.

In this report, we analyse decisions by the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office that are specifically focused in this technical area and pick out general trends in how patentability is assessed.

How to use IP to help your business grow

Protecting IP is not just about safeguarding investments into R&D. It can also be used to generate revenue through licensing, challenge competitors, enable standardisation within a marketplace and promote business growth. In this article we consider some of these aspects as they apply within the automotive industry. Further examples are given here for how some leading companies in the haptics sector are generating revenue through IP. A key starting point for any tech company is to have an appropriate IP strategy.

How can GJE help you?

In order to secure the best future for your business you need advice from the right experts on how to develop an IP strategy that fits with your technology and supports your broader business plan. GJE can help you get this right and make sure that your business is in the best possible position for future success.

Whether you are a fledgling start-up seeking seed funding, a fast-growth SME scoping Series A or B funding opportunities, or an established company looking to streamline its IP portfolio or secure a lucrative exit, we can help you

We can help you:

  • Develop an IP strategy aligned with your business objectives
  • Protect your innovations, brands and designs
  • Increase the value of your business
  • Enhance your attractiveness to investors
  • Create and maintain a competitive advantage by establishing barriers to market entry
  • Manage your IP portfolio and ensure cost efficiency
  • Appoint, train and oversee your IP steering committee
  • Regularly review your IP strategy to ensure it remains aligned with your commercial objectives

We have developed ConsultIP™ to help you achieve these objectives. ConsultIP™ helps business owners – at whatever stage of their lifecycle – maximise the commercial value of their intellectual property. Visit our ConsultIP™ page here to find out more.

Watch our video here to find out how we helped one of our clients, Wave Optics, develop their patent strategy, and how this has helped them grow.

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