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Intellectual property

Abstract

Regardless of size, all biotechnology companies possess some type of intellectual property. While most often used to describe an invention, this property may also include a brand, a design, a process or a service. Intellectual property may be the most valuable asset for a company when trying to raise capital from private investors or the public market. As such, this property is recognized under the law. Securing and protecting it is vital to a company’s success. In this chapter, key steps prior to filing a patent will be discussed, along with potential risks and counter measures if not carried out properly. The section on patent filing covers generalized steps in the process, along with references to selected ...

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