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  • 2004 - Founded in Switzerland by intellectual property experts

  • 2005 – Marketing agreement with IP Pragmatics as an Authorised Partner for IPRIS marketing, sales and customer services in UK
  • 2010 – IPRIS and IP Pragmatics launched in Australia to grow Australia and New Zealand client base
  • 2012 – IPRIS becomes a public limited company
  • 2014 – IPRIS launched the online portal
  • 2017 – Initial agreement between IPRIS, IP Pragmatics and Wellspring Worldwide Inc to develop a version of the IPRIS renewals portal that can integrate with Wellspring’s tech transfer software for universities and IP Management software for Companies
  • 2018 – Market announcement of IPRIS-Sophia integration, along with IPRIS and IP Pragmatics’ presence in North America

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Scottish Technology Show

This month we headed to Glasgow’s SECC for a second year to exhibit at the Scottish Technology Show. The annual meeting is hosted by Scottish Enterprise to bring together technology innovators, funders and support organisations as an outlet to inspire technology professionals and trigger new networking opportunities.

IPRIS joined the 140 exhibitors and 1300 delegates to connect with the Scottish health, clean-tech and environment technology businesses, universities and public bodies. We explored the technology demo zone and matchmaking area, and found time to learn a little more about the expanding digital technology space.

The exhibition attracts an increasing number of delegates from all over Scotland and the UK as a whole, which we were excited to be part of once again.

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PraxisUnico: Inspiring Futures

Celebrating another successful year of technology and knowledge exchange, the UK research commercialisation community met for the annual PraxisUnico conference in Nottingham earlier this month.

IP Pragmatics and IPRIS exhibited at the event. There, we caught up with multiple current IPRIS clients in the UK University and research sector. We also enjoyed several networking opportunities to discuss the benefits of IPRIS with other university knowledge transfer professionals.

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One Nucleus Biowednesday

IPRIS are exhibiting at the One Nucleus Biowednesday starting off the spring season on the 1st May. The event will be held at the London Bioscience Innovation Centre in the UK, and will discuss the evolution of key technologies for dissecting biological processes and creating therapeutic interventions.

The speakers, from technology companies and research institutes, will present on recent advances in their respective research and product development activities aimed at understanding disease mechanisms with a particular emphasis on the development and characterisation of cell-based therapeutics.

Sophie Brayne, marketing & business development manager, will be on hand to discuss technology patent maintenance with delegates during the event.

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London Bioscience Innovation Centre Newsletter

In the Spring newsletter for the London Bioscience Innovation Centre we discuss the rising patent maintenance costs on page 5.

Expansion of IPRIS UK Support

Following the sale of IP Pragmatics joint venture, Patrafee UK to CPA in January 2014, Adam Wylie has returned to his post of Managing Director or IP Pragmatics Services Division. In this role he will head up the team that delivers marketing, sales and customer support for IPRIS renewals to UK based clients.

Adam comments: ‘Having spent three years growing the business of Patrafee UK, which was primarily concerned with renewals, I think I am well placed to develop the IPRIS service offering for clients. Our focus will be on differentiating our service from the competition by providing real value through our service offering. IPRIS already has established an enviable track record for serving clients well with their combination of fair and transparent pricing, dedicated point of contact for customer service and the IPRIS web app. I look forward to this continuing and improving’.

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AURIL 2014

IPRIS’ UK partner, IP Pragmatics, attended the AURIL 2014 conference which was held in Manchester on 10–11 October.

They had the following comment: “It was a great opportunity to catch-up with existing clients from the universities and hear their positive feedback on the IPRIS renewals service. It was also good to meet with other universities that were interested in the service and the IP portfolio overview provided by the IPRIS web app”

If you are a university looking to benefit from the flexibility and control offered by IPRIS renewal services, give us a call or request a quote.

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Review of Improvements to IPRIS Web App

We believe that the partnership between IPRIS and IP Pragmatics has produced an online client interface, the IPRIS Web App, which our clients will value and appreciate. However we have no plans to stop here – we value client feedback greatly and will continue to improve the IPRIS system and our services.

Below is an overview of the changes so far this year:

Flexible renewal notifications

The new system gives clients control of renewal notifications as they can choose:

  • When to receive notification emails and renewal reminders
  • Whether to receive the emails per family or by due date

 

Flexible invoicing

When ordering renewals, clients can choose to be invoiced by family, by date or by order. Purchase order numbers can also be included in the invoices with several different options.

The option to use purchase order numbers and set a default if required. If the purchase orders are different depending on the patent family, they can be assigned during the ordering process. Previously entered purchase orders will be stored and made available in the purchase order drop-down menus on the order confirmation page. The purchase order numbers will automatically be included in your invoices.

Download the Flexible Invoicing PDF for more details.

Flexible searching

A keyword search field has been added for more flexible searching. The search mimics the Ctrl-F feature and allows you to search for any combination of numbers and letters within your portfolio.

Customisable view

A personal ‘My Settings’ page now gives the client greater control over their account: the patent details they would like displayed, when they receive notifications and the currency in which their renewals are viewed.

The web app now has filters which enable relevant groups of patents to be identified and sorted with the option to export the data to an Excel spreadsheet. Additionally, the clients have the option to customise the case view allowing them to manage their patent portfolio according to their own needs and effectively use it as a patent database.

We have also included some useful extras such as the ability to filter your patents by Country and IP Type, persistent column headings and the ability to sort the data by any column through clicking on the column title.

Delaying renewals

For each upcoming renewal, a table showing the cost of delaying is now displayed. This allows users to anticipate late fees and to know the cost of delaying a renewal before the decision is made. E.g., the cost of making the decision to renew 14 days or less before the deadline which include the late fee, as well as the cost of subsequent payments when further late fees have been added.

When delaying a renewal, the date on which the grace period ends is now displayed on the order confirmation page before the instructions are sent. In the even that a renewal is delayed, the end of the grace period date is clearly stated within the notification email as well as under the patent action for that renewal on the homepage of the online portal.

Intention to grant notification alerts

As part of the European validation services offered by IPRIS, we monitor when the European Patent Office sends the Intention to Grant notification for any of your European patent applications for which we processes renewals. These details are available for you to see on your homepage so you can prepare for the validation phase and request a quote.

We have embedded a tool which monitors the receipt of Intention to Grant notifications for European applications within the portfolio as soon as the EPO issues them. The client is notified instantly allowing them to prepare for validations.

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Ronnie Georghiou joins IPRIS team in the UK

Over the past 4 years, Ronnie Georghiou successfully established, grew and supported the IPRIS client base in Australia and New Zealand.

IPRIS now services a number of leading universities, research institutes, SMEs and IP firms in the region. Following a successful spell in Sydney, Ronnie has joined the team in London to build on his experience and support the team with the promotion and support of IPRIS in the UK and beyond.

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New IPRIS Representative for Australia and New Zealand

Following a handover period in 2014, Ronnie and the IP Pragmatics team appointed Jon Burdach as the IPRIS Representative for Australia & New Zealand. Jon is based in Sydney and together with the teams in London and Basel, he will provide proactive, local support to existing and new IPRIS clients from January 2015.

Jon holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise from the University of Sydney.

He has over six years’ experience of commercialisation in the medical and biotech fields, especially in clinical research, medical and regulatory affairs and new product development. Jon’s background and experience will be a valuable addition to IP Pragmatics as well as IPRIS.

If you are based in Australia or New Zealand and are interested in IPRIS patent and trademark renewals, please email Jon.

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IPRIS expands services to South Africa

Following the successful expansion of IPRIS in Korea, Australia and New Zealand, the IP Pragmatics team has appointed Lara Spence as the IPRIS Representative for South Africa.

Lara is based in Cape Town and together with the teams in London and Basel, she will help extend IPRIS’ patent, trademark and design renewal services to leading South African universities, research institutes, SMEs and IP firms.

Lara holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biochemistry from Rhodes University in South Africa and a Masters degree in the Management of Intellectual Property from Queen Mary University in London.

She has over eight years’ experience of commercialisation in the life sciences and reagents market; specializing in the fields of molecular biology, medical science, R&D and veterinary science. Lara’s background and experience will be a valuable addition to IP Pragmatics as well as IPRIS.

“We are delighted to welcome Lara to the IPRIS team and look forward to offering our client centred and high value patent, design and trademark renewals portal and service to new clients in South Africa, with local support in Cape Town” said Ronnie Georghiou, Executive Director, Services at IP Pragmatics.

If you are based in South Africa and would like more information on global patent renewals, European patent validation or any other IPRIS services, please email Lara

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IPRIS expands IPR renewals services to Korea

London, United Kingdom, 31-Aug-2016

The IP Pragmatics Ltd and IPRIS AG partnership is pleased to announce the expansion of IPRIS into South Korea through the appointment of Minjoon Kim as the official IPRIS sales representative for this territory.

IPRIS AG is an intellectual property management company which provides renewals services for patents, trademarks and design rights as well as PCT nationalisation and European validation services. A joint venture was formed between IP Pragmatics and IPRIS in 2005 in order to expand IPRIS’ portfolio of services in the U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand and build on their existing global client base.

Minjoon Kim is an experienced business consultant with a track record of working with innovative multinationals and SMEs to exploit their tangible and intangible assets. As a diligent, business development expert who has worked in the US and Korea, Minjoon Kim understands the importance of high-quality business development and customer service.

“We are confident that together with Mr Minjoon Kim, we can offer a high-quality, competitive renewals service and excellent customer support to new Clients in South Korea. This builds on our experience of a successful and ongoing IPRIS venture into Australia and New Zealand since 2010” said Ronnie Georghiou, Executive Director, Services at IP Pragmatics.

“We are confident that together with Mr Minjoon Kim, we can offer a high-quality, competitive renewals service and excellent customer support to new Clients in South Korea. This builds on our experience of a successful and ongoing IPRIS venture into Australia and New Zealand since 2010” said Ronnie Georghiou, Executive Director, Services at IP Pragmatics.

If you are based in Korea and would like more information on global patent renewals, European patent validation or any other IPRIS services, please email korea@iprisglobal.com.

Notes for editors:
About IPRIS AG (www.iprisglobal.com)
Established in Basel, Switzerland in 2004, IPRIS AG is a global services provider of IPR renewals, PCT nationalisation and European validation services to companies, organisations and IP law firms.

Through a decade-long marketing partnership with IP Pragmatics Limited, IPRIS is able to offer centralised, complete control of its clients’ patent, design and trademark renewals with unrivalled service quality and expertise.

About IP Pragmatics (www.ip-pragmatics.com)
Established in London in 2000, IP Pragmatics is a UK-headquartered management consultancy specialising in intellectual property and technology with offices in London, Edinburgh and Sydney.

The IP Pragmatics team has in-depth technical, commercial and intellectual property knowledge and experience. They work with a wide range of different organisations from public sector organisations and universities through to SMEs and large multinational companies both in the UK and internationally.

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Meet us at the AUTM Conference in Florida

IPRIS will be attending the AUTM conference in Hollywood, Florida on 12–15 March 2017. We will be exhibiting alongside our global marketing and customer service partner, IP Pragmatics Ltd.

AUTM's more than 3,200 members represent managers of intellectual property from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals around the world as well as numerous businesses and government organizations.

IPRIS are a major IPR renewals provider for universities and research institutes globally and look forward to meeting our current clients at the conference as well as meeting new ones.

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Client-driven improvements to the IPRIS Web Portal

A recent client survey was conducted into the IP renewals service and web portal provided by the partnership of IPRIS and IP Pragmatics. The survey resulted in a number of insightful suggestions from our clients for new features and improved functionality for the IPRIS web portal.

Alongside the IPRIS team, we have been acting on this valuable feedback to implement a range of updates to the IPRIS portal. The first round of these changes will be going live this month with the second round due to be rolled out in February.

The new functionality will enable clients to upload data directly via the portal and gives them greater control over automatic renewals and cost forecasting. IP Pragmatics’ Director of Services, Ronnie Georghiou, says that “both teams are excited about the changes and are looking forward to seeing how they benefit new and existing IPRIS clients”.

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Mat Kilbey Joins the IPRIS team in London

IP Pragmatics is pleased to announce that Mat Kilbey has joined the IPRIS team in London.

As part of IP Pragmatics’ and IPRIS AG’s decade long partnership, the IPRIS marketing, sales and customer services team continues to grow to assure expert, responsive customer service and a top-tier web portal that supports IPRIS clients’ globally with their patent, design and trade mark renewal requirements.

Mat is an experienced formalities officer, who joins IP Pragmatics from a leading London law firm and two previous long-term, client facing renewals roles at leading UK and European Patent and Trademark Attorney firms. Mat holds the CITMA and CIPA Administrators Certificates and joins the IPRIS team in London as the Customer Services IP Manager.

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WELLSPRING, IPRIS, AND IP PRAGMATICS ANNOUNCE INTEGRATED IP PARTNERSHIP

Chicago, Illinois; Basel, Switzerland; and London, England- 23 January 2018

Wellspring, a leader in technology transfer software, IPRIS, a top-tier intellectual property (IP) renewals provider and IP Pragmatics, a leading IP consultancy, today announced a formal partnership to provide integrated software and services. The integration marries Wellspring’s enterprise tech transfer and IP software with IPRIS’ and IP Pragmatics’ IP renewal services and software.

The joint offering will provide organizations with a comprehensive solution to support the entire lifecycle of IP management and technology transfer for start-ups, SME’s, universities, and research institutions.

The partnership will deliver patent, trademark and design renewal payments to Wellspring’s global software clients through an integrated renewals system. Moreover, IP Pragmatics will also represent Wellspring as a direct channel partner in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, offering Wellspring software to interested parties in these markets.

Wellspring clients will benefit from access to IPRIS and IP Pragmatics’ renewal expertise, and tech transfer offices in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand will also have greater access to Wellspring’s software solutions via the IP Pragmatics global consultancy team.

Patent and trademark renewals are critical to safeguarding valuable IP rights, and missing a single renewal deadline can lead to lost protection and severe financial risk. With over 14 years of experience managing renewal payments, IPRIS provides industry-leading assurance standards and expertise. They are trusted by over 200 clients large and small to protect critical patent, design and trademark renewals. IPRIS’ renewals service also includes extensive patent and trademark data verification to identify inaccuracies, confirm due dates, and forecast costs.

IP Pragmatics CEO Dr. Rupert Osborn commented: "IP Pragmatics is proud to partner with Wellspring to address client needs. Wellspring provides the software infrastructure necessary to manage successful technology transfer and IP operations. Our combined services multiply the value of an organization's research activities by providing highly efficient IP management and peace of mind that intellectual assets are protected."

Chairman of the IPRIS board Dr. Bruno Dalle Carbonare commented “We are pleased to partner with Wellspring and offer our leading IP renewals web portal and services to Wellspring clients. IPRIS is pleased to add value to Wellspring’s existing IP software offering by enabling clients to have increased visibility and control of their IP renewals management.”

Dr. Robert Lowe, CEO at Wellspring, added: "With today's announcement, Wellspring clients can easily deal with the complexity of all the global authorities regarding their patent and trademark annuities through one software solution. IPRIS offers the convenience to track and make payments so that organizations do not have to worry about losing protection. Wellspring now more than ever enables our clients to capitalize on their knowledge assets, while safeguarding their intellectual asset value."

About Wellspring

Wellspring is the global leader in technology transfer and technology scouting software. Organizations rely on Wellspring to manage the identification, evaluation, and acquisition of technologies, partners, and investments.

Founded in 2003 as a spin-out of Carnegie Mellon University, Wellspring works with more than 500 organizations worldwide to support tech scouting, IP protection, commercialization, and licensing of emerging technologies. For more information, please visit wellspring.com.

About IPRIS

IPRIS founded in 2004 as a spin-off from a university tech transfer office, focuses its activities on the administration and management of intellectual property rights especially the payments of annuity fees but also nationalization and validation of patents

Today IPRIS’ clients include a large number of leading universities through to SMEs across a range of technology related sectors.

About IP Pragmatics

IP Pragmatics is a management consultancy specializing in scientific technologies and intellectual property since 2000. The company is headquartered in London with offices in Scotland and Australia. We also have strategic partners in North America, Japan, South Africa and South Korea.

The company works with universities, research institutes, SMEs, large enterprise and public sector organisations in over 20 countries. For more information, please visit ip-pragmatics.com.

Contact

IP Pragmatics

Global Enquiries: 
Ronnie Georghiou
ronnie.georghiou@iprisglobal.com 
T: +44(0)203 176 0580.

North America Enquiries: 
Bansi Pattni
bansi.pattni@iprisglobal.com 
T: +1 (226) 978-0578

IPRIS
Dr. Bruno Dalle Carbonare 
dallecarbonare@iprisglobal.com 
T: +41 61 270 88 01

Wellspring
Brad Cain
Brad.cain@wellspring.com
T: +1 (312) 643-5100

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