We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on Adam Cruickshank, who has just passed the European qualifying examination (EQE), a monumental milestone on the journey to becoming a European Patent Attorney!
The path to becoming a European Patent Attorney is arduous, filled with rigorous exams and countless hours of dedication. Adam’s success serves as a testament to what can be achieved through hard work, resilience, and a true passion for one’s chosen field. This achievement marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Adam’s career, one in which he will undoubtedly continue to thrive and make significant contributions to the world of patent law.
Join me in congratulating Adam Cruickshank on this outstanding accomplishment! Please feel free to connect with him and learn from his wealth of knowledge and experience.
Here’s to a bright and successful future as a European Patent Attorney, Adam!
We switched to Nordic Patent Service in 2018, and what a difference! Working with them has allowed us to focus fully on developing our products, resting assured that Nordic Patent Service takes care of all the patent-related matters. We appreciate their focus on our needs, their technical expertise, the high quality of their advice, and their attention to detail.
— Peter Sølbeck and Emil Cederfeldt Larsen, Flexlogical & Price Invena
Naturally, you can expect that we draft great patent applications and that we excel in patent prosecution. After all, that is what you would expect from experienced and qualified patent attorneys. But you can expect more from Nordic Patent Service
Our preferred strategy is to go for an indication of patentability at the first patent office of the first filing, typically the Danish Patent Office. It takes time to obtain patents globally. However, when you have a high certainty of a patent being granted in the end, you can afford to wait.
Our first-strike strategy reduces the risk of unpleasant surprises at a later stage, and the granted Danish patent communicates a higher value of the invention to interested parties such as competitors, partners and investors.
We prefer to do a preliminary search ourselves prior to the drafting of a patent application. It gives us confidence in the technology and assures us that pertinent prior art has not been overlooked. A more thorough search is performed by the patent office after the application has been filed. A subsequent application, such as a European or international application, is searched by another patent office (usually the European Patent Office). The provision of searches from two different authorities reduces the risk of unpleasant surprises in the subsequent prosecution of the patent application. Thus, it is more likely that the most relevant prior art is identified at an early stage.
Another advantage of using the Early Certainty strategy is the easy access to the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) that provides fast and inexpensive patents in many countries.
It was only when the US patent with the assistance from Nordic Patent Service was issued that interested investors queued up and I was able to obtain an exit with my company.
— Jens Olsen, Fenucure
We can draft a patent application based on purely technical considerations. However, we are eager to know the business environment for the ensuing patent right. The better we understand your business, the better we can design the scope of the patent to cover your product or service.
In a broader perspective, a patent application can be tailored to render the patent right future-proof.
Part of the threat experienced by your business may be rooted in patents belonging to others. Early identification of threatening patent rights is essential for pre-empting this threat. The specific patent rights may be identified through market information or in a patent search. We strive to obtain a trusted relationship with our clients so they feel confident and safe to inform us of threatening patent rights. We develop a personal relationship with our clients that we guard and cherish. We are brothers in arms fighting for our clients’ rights to obtain the best possible protection.
Constant surveillance of competitor patent rights is necessary for knowing the legal playground. We have excellent software tools for illustrating the progression of the patent rights, which will identify technologies your competitors are developing well before their products reach the market. This way, it will show you the sweet spot for development of your own products and services.
We work very closely together with Nordic Patent Service to secure that our patent strategy remains fully aligned with our business strategy. We can focus on developing our business knowing that all patent matters are expertly taken care of.
— Esben Gad, Aquaporin
Our firm is large enough to handle complex matters and high-volume assignments, and lean enough to avoid bureaucracy and maintain efficiency.
Our patent attorneys are highly skilled in various technical disciplines, but they do not work in a vacuum – equally important are our competent administrators. Everything which may be performed without technical insight in the specific invention is handled by our IP administrators, including filing applications and office action replies with patent offices, preparing filing reports, attending to annuity fees, etc. The support from the administrators is invaluable for the patent attorneys because they can focus their attention on the client and concentrate on bringing value to the case.
We communicate effectively with our clients and generally prefer a telephone conversation over a lengthy email for a better alignment of the client’s wishes and our work. This helps us translate our efficient work layout and our effective communication into lower expenses for our clients.
The text in the description of a patent application contains both obligatory parts and some free-style text allowing the applicant to explain embodiments of the invention. We put substantial effort and imagination into the embodiments but tend to omit an overly detailed description. In other words, we give the patent offices what they need for granting the patent but preserve the more hands-on details as trade secrets.
We are sure-footed in conventional patent prosecution and that allows us to go to the limit and beyond if needed for pursuing our clients’ interests. We use our experience to amend an application during examination to obtain the right scope of protection in the first response to avoid excessive correspondence with the patent office.
The talented people at Nordic Patent Service draw on their previous experiences as European patent examiners in the prosecution of patent applications. We appreciate the great work they have done for us.
— Kenneth Green, Averill & Green