Patent attorney office MACHU IP provides its clients with professional services in the field of legal protection of intellectual property rights, focusing on protection of the rights to the results of technical creative activity.
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Matej Machu is Czech Patent Attorney and European Design Attorney who also works as a Lecturer and Intellectual Property consultant at Charles University.
His academic and scientific work is focused mainly on foreign legal systems, particularly the Anglo-American and Israeli law.
In matters of technical specialization he focuses primarily on mechanics, physics and computer technology, in cooperation with Antonin Kralik, specialist in the field of life-sciences, also chemistry, biochemistry and biology.
Patent attorney office MACHU IP is ready to offer its clients a comprehensive range of legal services in the field of legal protection of intellectual property.
Intellectual property law is a wide legal and technical area, which deals mainly with securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs, and artistic works or other related intangible assets, such as know-how.
Industrial property rights are part of a broader notion of intellectual property law. It encompasses mainly the protection of technical solutions in the form of inventions, utility models and designs or, more generally, the external appearance of products and the like. Industrial property law contains also the protection of trade secrets.
Unfair competition law defines market practices that may result in damage to competitors, customers or others, and are therefore prohibited by law. Unfair competition can therefore naturally occur in the area of intellectual property law, and this office focuses on this type of undesirable commercial behavior.
Invention is an advanced technical solution, whether in the form of product or technical process, which is new, industrially applicable and at the same time is the result of inventive activity so that it is not obvious, even from the perspective of an expert. The invention can be protected by a patent for time period of up to twenty years.
The utility model is compared to the invention less advanced technical solution only in the form of the product. The utility model can be protected by registration for a time period of up to ten years. Registration of the utility model is also compared to the invention considerably faster, and can be in some cases a suitable supplement to the patent application.
A registered design is constituted by an external appearance of a product, and so it is a design solution and not a purely technical one. A design can be protected by means of registration for up to twenty-five years.
Providing consent to the use of your intellectual property rights is an integral part of the exercise of these rights. The license agreement is possible in some cases to be in an oral form. In many cases, such as the just rights relating to technical solutions or a registered design, however, the law presumes written form. As such it is always preffered to to consult a specialist in licensing issues.
Legal protection of intellectual property in the form of patents or registration of utility models and industrial designs can be obtained with the exception of unregistered design in proceedings before the respective authorities. This office therefore provides representation before the Industrial Property Office in Prague, the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
In many cases it is also necessary to turn to the courts, whether in the context of public law, which usually follows the previous proceedings before the authorities or private law, in cases where violations of intellectual property rights occurs. This office is ready to offer its clients legal assistance in the form of direct representation in both of these cases.