Engineering has always been an overarching term that covers a range of distinct disciplines. However, with the continued advancement in automation and computer technology, innovations are increasingly beginning to involve cross-disciplinary elements and applications. It is therefore imperative to understand the interaction of the various disciplines involved and the implications such innovations have on the type of IP protection available. FPA’s cross-disciplinary teams and collaborative working style allows us to cover the required span of technology for any innovation.
Our technical range of expertise includes:
- Aerospace and avionics
- Biomedical engineering
- Chemical and materials engineering
- Civil engineering and construction
- Consumer products
- Electrical and electronic engineering
- Energy and clean technology
- Environmental engineering
- Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
- Space technology
Our expertise in action
One of the important roles we play is to help our clients appreciate and identify that there are often several forms of IP that originate from what may initially seem to be a single development. When working with our local clients in particular, who lean on our expertise and guidance, we assist them in developing an IP strategy that fits in with their commercial objectives. This enables them to maximise the term of protection for their innovations. Such tailored IP strategies involve extensive discussions with our clients to determine the best way to protect a particular innovation – e.g. is it best protected by the patent system, or are there alternative forms of protection. In this manner, we help our clients critically assess the option to make the best decisions for a given innovation, rather than simply adopting a one-size-fits-all approach.