The structure and organization of Industrial Property systems worldwide compel applicants wishing to protect their innovations through an industrial property figure in another country different from the one of its residence, to select an assessor-prosecutor domiciled in the country of interest for applicant.
In such cases, it is compulsory to count with at least one Industrial Property specialized firm having the necessary knowledge and expertise to support applicant in each country wherein protection is sought.
The selection of a firm representing an applicant is really transcendent, since it will be responsible of every action taken, which will be fundamental for the obtainment of the registration. Particularly, what must be avoided is to select an associate who limits its actuation only to the prosecution, therefore excluding the assessment of the case.
Our firm's particular experience, revealed that a suitable selection of an associate renders immediately to the easiness or difficulty with which the prosecution of the desired protection will be carried out, as well as to the success or failure of such prosecution, and the costs related thereto.
Suggested here are some considerations to be taken when selecting a foreign associate:
Previous working experiences with a specific firm.
Direct recommendations suggested by associates and/or clients.
The prestige of the firm.
The personal knowledge of one or more collaborators of the firm.
The schedule of fees of the firm.
Regular publications sent by the firm (bulletins, brochures, etc).
The acknowledges made to the firm by specialized publications
From the above-listed considerations, with exception of having a working experience with a specific firm, we consider that the one giving a better result when selecting a new associate is the personal knowledge of one or more collaborators of the firm. Personal contact, in a general manner, is carried out by the participation in Congress meetings and Conventions, which allow the professionals in this area to have a personal approach and to interchange impressions, which permits to acquire a perspective of the different collaborators of the firms.
Additionally, we consider that a personal approach increases the responsibility sense between both parts, looking for higher cooperation and better communication.
As an alternative to the above, in case of lacking personal knowledge of any collaborator of a firm, recommendations from...