Services

Unrivalled Quality at Unmatched price.

Aalbun provides innovation protection services globally in a fully digital way. WorkZone provides you with 24/7 access to a highly talented pool of IP professionals, globally. Our way of working provides you with a predictable fixed fee budget for each project. WorkZone has a self service interface for IPR Experts / innovators to handle most of the patent work via our tools.

WorkZone has been designed to improve efficiencies by giving you access to real-time and up to date progress reports on each and every request. Furthermore, WorkZone enables you to submit patent and trade mark drafting; filing; and analytics requests online where it is allocated to the most relevant technical and geographical expert.

Patent and Design Search and Analytics

Our global pool of experts have the most efficient tools to conduct novelty searches, freedom-to-operate analyses, patent landscapes, invalidity searches and more.

Usual time frame:

Novelty Search-5 working days

Invalidity Search-15 working days

Landscape Report-15 working days

Freedom to Operate-15 working days

Services include:

  • Novelty search with comprehensive report
  • Invalidity search to find the killer prior art for the claims
  • Patent landscapes to get overall understanding of the art
  • Freedom to Operate report including found granted and pending patents in selected jurisdictions

Patent and Design Filings

We can facilitate direct IP filings (patents, designs) in any region you are interested in, including first filings as well as international (PCT, Madrid Protocol) and national phase entries, via our global pool of IP experts. Our global network extends to 20+ countries that we process orders to on a daily basis, but can be supplemented by any desired country upon request and processed via our platform so that all your orders are only one click away!

Usual time frame for patents: 30 working days

Services include:

  • First filings of patents and designs
  • Priority filings at 6 and 12 months
  • PCT national phase entries
  • EP Validations

Patent and Design Drafting

From provisional to full drafts, thanks to our global pool of experts, we are able to provide drafting in any technology, conducted by a team with a desired skill set. Our platform finds the best talent to do the work. If you have a large amount of drafting work for the same tech area we will set up a dedicated virtual team for you.

Usual time frame: 10-15 working days

Indication of cost: Drafting can be typically 50-66% of the costs of traditional hourly rates

Services include:

  • Illustrations and flow diagrams from sketches, presentations and photos
  • Drafting of description of illustrations and background
  • Preparing a set of claims
  • Updating the patent application for national phase entries

Patent and Design Prosecution

Having an overflow of office actions on your desk? We have experts that can help you to draft a response. Just provide us with the office action and our dedicated experts will do the rest.

Usual time frame: 5-10 working days depending on complexity

Indication of cost:  Typically 50-75% of the costs of traditional hourly rates

Services include

  • Studying the office action
  • Making a proposal for way forward
  • Drafting a reply for you to file

Patent Renewals

We are able to provide a continuous service for managing patent annuities. Our service includes a report on forthcoming annuities four months in advance of when official fees are due.

Our default instruction is to pay the annuity, and changes are to be notified to us 2.5 months before official fees are due (1.5 months from the report).

Trade Mark Services

Our trade mark experts can help you with the drafting of a trade mark application, as well as filing it in a target area. Thanks to our network members in various European offices, trade mark protection shouldn’t be a struggle even after Brexit

Screening

Global screening conducted in over 150 registers (a list of countries available upon request). The screening returns exact and phonetically equivalent matches.

Usual time frame: 4 working days

Express time frame: 1 working day

Full Trade Mark availability search conducted in one class in either EEA, BRICS, NAFTA, All EU Member States.

Usual time frame: 6 working days per territory

Express time frame: 2 working days

Likelihood of Confusion and Analysis

An analysis that can support drafting of OAs, oppositions or be used as a basis to make a decision on whether to oppose a mark. The analysis consists of the following elements (following EU style):
  • Comparison of Goods & Services (mapping)
  • Relevant public’s level of attention
  • Target group
  • Visual similarity of the marks
  • Aural similarity of the marks
  • Conceptual similarity of the marks
  • Distinctiveness of the mark
  • Acquired distinctiveness / Reputation* (upon request at extra cost)
*Please note the analysis is neither a full response nor a full opposition. It is a review delivered in bullet points.

Usual time frame: 11 working days

Express time frame: 5 working days

Drafting

Drafting of a list of goods & services using harmonised or customised terms. The latter is preferred for marks which could be seen similar to existing marks.

Usual time frame: 4 working days

Express time frame: 2 working days

Renewals

Payment of renewal at the UK IPO, EU IPO, USPTO or WIPO.

Usual time frame: 3 working days per territory

Express time frame: 1 working day

Filing

Filing with the UK, EU and US IPOs.

Attending to the payment of official fees and reporting first correspondence. *Please note the analysis is neither a full response nor a full opposition. It is a review delivered in bullet points.

Usual time frame: 3 working days per jurisdiction (US 4 Days)

Express time frame: 1 working day Responses to office actions or oppositions can be undertaken on request and agreed separately.

Filing via Madrid Protocol

Filing with WIPO (via office of origin) including attending to the payment of official fees and reporting the first correspondence (OA or Statement of Grant of Protection).

Usual time frame: 6 working days

Express time frame: 2 working days

Responses to office actions or oppositions can be undertaken on request and agreed separately.

Filing in additional countries

Filing with other TM offices (AU, NZ, CA, ZA, AE and others) available upon request.

Usual time frame: Varies depending on territory.

Responses to office actions or oppositions can be undertaken on request and agreed separately.
WorkZoneFor more information about our IP solutions, please contact us at nick@aalbun.com or janne@aalbun.com or sign up now. For general information or contractor enquiries, please get in touch with us at info@aalbun.com or call +44 (0) 1223 654700.