Our alliance with the leading firms in each country is our guarantee of success.
Despite following an expansion policy in Spain with more than 12 offices, 98 years of experience and a significant international presence, ISERN did not want to continue with this strategy abroad.
Our experience and what we have seen over the years is that Industrial Property is a very specialised branch and it is much more satisfying with regards to clients and the success of cases is to work with the best local Industrial Property agents for each case and speciality rather than being “tied” to one representative of the trademark itself by way of “franchise” in a territory.
This option has enabled us to increase our reach, obtain more knowledge, always work with the best and have more options for our clients when defending their industrial property rights.
Furthermore, the large number of cases handled by ISERN abroad enables us to work with the best agents and lawyers in each country with business costs and preferential treatment.
In this regard, we are completely transparent, always giving information from the correspondent or office handling a case in a certain country and we can adapt to the client’s preferences regarding a specific territory.
ISERN has created internal “desks” specialised in geographic fields that are more or less extensive and/or specific and form part of the international trademark and patent department structure. These Desks are:
- International Desk
- Latam Desk
- Asia Desk
- Japan Desk
As such, the heads of the Asia and Japan Desk are two paralegals, nationals of China and Japan and specialised in IP, who are perfectly familiar with the idiosyncrasies of their country. They can also communicate perfectly (both written and spoken) in their respective national languages with the correspondents if necessary.
The INTERNATIONAL DESK is made up of agents, lawyers and engineers who are specialised in consultancy and strategy for the internationalisation of industrial property portfolios in accordance with the specific company’s strategy.
The members of the INTERNATIONAL DESK, in addition to having in-depth knowledge of the international systems, international agreements and territorial details and requirements regarding the protection of industrial property it affords, they also attend numerous international conferences and conventions in order to be abreast of the latest developments regarding international agreements and treaties that affect industrial and intellectual property rights.
Similarly, they know the best profesional profiles with whom to address specific topics in each country in order to offer and always have the best professionals available for our clients according to the requirements of each case or speciality.
LANGUAGES: In addition to Castilian Spanish and Catalan, ISERN can communicate perfectly in English, French, German, Chinese and Japanese with absolute fluency from its own offices.
Internationalisation of Intellectual Property rights at ISERN
The professionals and experts in internationalistion of Industrial Property rights at ISERN will always ensure that the protection of your rights beyond the Spanish borders is optimal for your interests and entail the lowest possible costs.
To fulfil this, we will always inform you of the possible alternatives, the pros and cons of each one, costs as well as our legal opinion and how we would act according to our judgment and the circumstances of each case.
In general, industrial property registrations are territorial, which means that the registration of a patent, trademark or industrial design in the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) only grants its holder an exclusive right to its use in Spain. As a result, the exportation to other States of goods that have a protected category cannot be guaranteed if the goods are not also registered by the same holder.
That said, there is the possibility of protection in a larger territorial scope through supranational registrations, international WIPO registrations, the use of international patent treaties and agreements, etc.
However, at ISERN we are aware that protection of Industrial Property rights at an international level is costly and must be planned over a period of time. This means that, before making a decision, it will be essential to carry out an assessment of the following aspects:
- What are our potential and future markets?
- In which markets would we be willing to bring legal action in order to protect our position?
- What resources do we have?
- What is the strategic position of our competitors?
Depending on the results of this analysis, there are different protection strategies available if we wish to internationalise our trademarks, patents or designs and that the INTERNATIONAL DESK will adapt and prepare according to your needs, company expansion strategies and interests.
If you want to internationalise your brands abroad, we have different options
To internationalise your patents, you can choose between different options depending on your strategy
- The geographic location of where you want protection.
- The language in which the processing is to take place.
- The cost that you are able to undertake and the possibility of benefiting from annual aid given by the SPTO that will partially subsidise the cost.
- The time period in which you wish to obtain the patent.