As an IP right holder, you need to ensure that third parties do not take advantage of your registered IP right without your permission. Registration authorities will not do it for you, but Kolster can be of great help in sifting through competitor information and conducting an IP watch for you.
As an IP right holder you have a responsibility to defend your rights against third parties. In the worst of the cases, if you do not defend your exclusive rights, you might lose them. Competitor monitoring enables you to intervene with infringements at an early stage and in a preventative manner.
Our service will help you to obtain useful information about your competitors' operations, inventions and products, as well as of their general level of activity in protecting their IP rights. It will allow you to intervene, in time, with applications already at their filing stage that obstruct your activities; thus, you will be able to avoid possible cancellation actions.
With the help of competitor monitoring, you will be well aware of your competitors' current activities and IPR protection, about their state and geographical extent. A Kolster expert will tailor you a search profile which will provide you with information in regular intervals on applications filed in fields that interest you or on applications filed by a certain competitor.
We report on new developments and take the necessary measures to annul the rights of your competitors. We draft the statements you need on the validity of rights or make an assessment as to whether your product infringes a third party’s rights.
With the help of our service, you can obtain information on applications filed by your competitors even before exclusive rights have been granted and react in time to your competitors' protections. If the search reveals a trade mark application that is confusingly similar with yours or a problematic patent application, we will examine them closely and provide you with our assessment on your chances to intervene.
Monitoring is an economic and quick way to prevent registration of IP rights that may be harmful to your business. We can put your competitor's application under surveillance and report on its handling at the Office. We will report on the opposition period or other events that might interest you.
As your representative, we can initiate necessary measures to annul your competitors’ rights or draft statements regarding their validity if your competitor’s registration is detrimental to your business or infringes your rights. We file oppositions on your behalf against the registrations of your competitors. We also compile information needed in annulments.
If a product that possibly infringes your rights is found in the market, we will provide our assessment of the counter measures available. We will support you in the entire chain of events: we will send a cease and desist letter to the infringing party, participate in settlement negotiations and, when needed, represent you in court.
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