Cost Effective Patenting for Start-ups and SME’s

Investors require IP to invest, but patents are expensive and slow. This cycle can be broken using pragmatic choices, such as filing first in The Netherlands, filing only in the US, filing i-Depots, writing parts of the application yourself, cramming many inventions in one application, only protecting in DE/FR/UK, and filing utility models/designs.


Question 1: What drives you?
A more efficient way to handle cargo and develop integrated systems solutions and inclusive transport systems.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Learn what you can achieve with a limited IP budget.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Blockchain, smart contracts, decentralized applications, and machine learning/AI in the short term.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
We are seeing an exponential growth of technological capability and new possibilities.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Lack of standardisation and lack of interoperability. Fear of change.

“Special quote”
“Every day, I learn something new about technology and IP from clients & colleagues”

About Pete Pollard
Originally from the UK, I moved to the Netherlands after qualifying as an engineer. Later becoming an NL and EU patent attorney, I spent 5 years in-house and 10 years in private practice. In 2017, I founded Fireball Patents, to better serve start-ups with pragmatic IP advice and services. We keep overhead low by operating virtually, providing customized solutions, and charging fixed fees where possible.

About Fireball Patents
Inspired by the creativity, enthusiasm & passion of Startups, we founded a different kind of IP firm. We operate like a Startup, providing tailor-made services and keeping overhead low by operating virtually. We are driven to find the best IP fit to protect your brilliant inventions.

Pete Pollard is a speaker at the 2021 edition of the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference.

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