“It is a privilege to work with Symbiosis”
Prof. Richard Ross, CSO, Asterion Limited

In addition to conventional patent services, Symbiosis offers a range of services that supports our clients’ commercial objectives. Typically our services are used to assess whether a commercial proposition is robust and fit for exploitation. This includes:

Patentability Assessment

This is a key valuation metric and is used by investors to establish the commercial strength of a company. We can provide an opinion on patentability after conducting a targeted search of published information. We aim to provide a concise and clear description of your potential patent position and, importantly, the scope of your likely monopoly and any weaknesses associated with it and how those weaknesses might be overcome or minimised.

Patent Filing Strategy

We offer strategic advice regarding patent filing strategies that are tailored to the commercial activities of our clients. This is offered from first filing through to national phase prosecution and grant. A good filing strategy ensures cost effective patent prosecution and an optimised filing program that protects our clients’ inventions to the fullest extent.

Technology Review and Development

Technology reviews are valuable in relation to supporting existing patent filing and acquisition strategies. We advise clients on how new work impacts upon existing patent portfolios and how it can be used to further the patentability of pending applications or developed further to generate new IP. Technology reviews can lead to granted patents that are more robust and difficult to oppose or revoke.

Freedom to Operate Opinion

Knowing there is freedom to operate a technology in a given market is a key component in any commercialisation strategy and will be required before any external investment is made and certainly should be done before the launch of any product or process.  We provide freedom to operate opinions that are clear and unambiguous. Where we identify problems we work to find solutions. We advise what can and cannot be done and will provide strategies to deal with your freedom to operate problems.

Patent Attorney Opinion

Patent attorney opinions are frequently used by investors or prior to a stock exchange listing to ensure there are no legal impediments that would discourage investment. This typically combines patentability and freedom to operate opinions with an analysis of inventorship and ownership rights and patent file history review. The process allows clients to pre-empt and correct problems before an investor review or a placing and provides an IP health check to ensure maximum value is obtained for our clients.