Learn before paying a lawyer

Learn and it will be easier protect your success

PATENTsmarter™ is a much better way to get ready than to learn by trial and error with a patent attorney or IP lawyer at your side.

It’s cheaper, and it’s structured in a way to help you understand and remember. Depending on how you learn with workshops, online courses, events, webinars, or tailor-made solutions, you get a meaningful learning experience that can be revisited and used in your real-life work.

Things you need to learn before hiring a lawyer

Know when you need an IP lawyer or patent attorney

Hiring an IP lawyer or patent attorney is not enough – you need to hire them before you infringe others’ rights (without knowing it) or overlook or ruin money-making opportunities with your own actions. They can’t help you before you hire them and tell them what they need to understand. 

Take responsibility and decide what you need to protect against copying and abuse

Your patent attorney or IP lawyer can’t help you before you hire them and tell them what they need to understand. And you can’t tell them what they need if you don’t understand. If you hire them before you understand, you will have to pay them to educate you at a high hourly rate. You learn while on the job and don’t get a coherent story – but bits and pieces here and there.

Make the law and advisors work for you and your business' future success

The money you invest in patent attorneys and IP lawyers – and their advice – is not well spent if you don’t implement it right. You need to understand how to use whatever you and your advisors made to protect your assets, so you can use it to the best of your abilities in the future.  Otherwise, it’s not worth much.

5 ways to learn

Online Courses

Take things at your own pace, learn one step at a time and learn in your pajamas if you want. Online courses are a great way to learn flexibly and revisit things when you need to.

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Ready to get far within a few days. Do you like an intense, but assisted format? Then join one of the workshops, with 8-16 others who want a headstart too.

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Tailor-made Solutions

Want to help your team, not to overlook risks and opportunities so they can increase your business' value? Tailor-made courses or workshops are your solution.

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Events & Webinars

If you like to ask questions while your learning (online or in person), the shorter events or webinars are a great way of doing just that.

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1:1 Mentoring

Need 1:1 teacher support? I can relate. Book me for a 1:1 mentoring session, so you can take your next steps confidently.

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PATENTsmarter™ knowledge

Who is it for?

No matter your occupation – solo business owner, freelancer, online course creator, writer, author or artist – you don’t have to worry about copy or plagiarize of your online material.

I have created specialized online courses and workshops that can help you understand what you can do to protect yourself from such issues.
Whether you are a business owner, decision-maker, advisor, team member or board member involved in innovation, product development and/or marketing and sales of a start-up or plan to build one;

I show you various options to get your intellectual property (IP) strategy started quickly so you don’t miss the window for protecting your business’ future growth or generating resources for additional funding.

Leaders, decision-makers, Project Managers, Researchers, Developers, Production & Product owners – let me equip you with the necessary corporate business thinking so that your IP portfolio turns out attractive for investors and board members or for possible acquisition.

As a researcher, team leader, decision maker or strategist, it is important to understand the impact of your and your employees’ actions on intellectual property risks and opportunities!

Developing a successful strategy protecting your assets, that everyone who is involved is aware about and considers, is key to high returns. Train your team who work with confidential and innovative products so they know how they can support the success of your business.

Don’t miss out on the amazing the knowledge I offer can give you – it’s sure to make a difference!

Learning now helps stay calm and clear-headed

Let’s get you the necessary overview, skills and confidence to take responsible and informed decision including to e.g.:

But you can also learn how to:

Get your things and documentation in much better order to make it easier and swifter for your IP lawyer of patent attorney to assist you – and therefore cheaper for you to get the rights you need.

I do not offer legal advice at PATENTsmarter™, but you can reach me at Larsen & Birkeholm, where I practice as an IP and patent advisor a few hours per week if you need specific advice on a case. PATENTsmarter™ operates independently of Larsen & Birkeholm.

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I do not offer legal advice at PATENTsmarter™.  However, if you need specific advice on a case, you can reach me at Larsen & Birkeholm. I practice as an IP and patent advisor just for a few hours per week at this private practice IP law firm. Pease note, that PATENTsmarter™ operates independently of Larsen & Birkeholm


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DISCLAIMER: PATENTsmarter™ content is not legal advice
PATENTsmarter™ is not a patent law firm and does not provide legal or any other advice.

PATENTsmarter™ is an informational and educational website operated by European Patent Attorneys, particularly the Owner, founder, and CEO of PATENTsmarter™, Gyde Balzer Carstensen.

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All Products and Services, Blogs, Mentoring, Tailor-made Solutions, Events, Webinars, Workshops, and more, including any Material or Content shared by PATENTsmarter™, are for educational and illustrative purposes only, aimed at better understanding the law and its potential opportunities and risks, and cannot be construed as legal advice.
Simplification may be necessary to improve the conceptual understanding
The content is not guaranteed to be correct or updated with recent national or international law changes. Sometimes concepts have been simplified to reduce complexity and to ensure a better conceptual understanding, which means that selected topics or aspects may be omitted or not highlighted from all angles.
Use the information – but remember to get professional advice
It is your (the user’s) responsibility as a business owner to ensure that you know the legal consequences of your actions and, thus, also to consult a patent attorney or legal advisor before you act on anything you learned or concluded based on Products, Services, and Content provided by PATENTsmarter™.

Although PATENTsmarter™ can help streamline your work and highlight available opportunities and risks to consider, it cannot replace seeking advice from a patent attorney or legal advisor.

Your specific situation, business model, product details, competitor situation, and behavior are some of the aspects affecting your legal status and may, in some cases, seem to contradict what you learned in, e.g., specific PATENTsmarter™ courses.
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Your business, your responsibility – remember to seek critical advice before you act
Any person can learn with PATENTsmarter™, but results will vary and depend on case-specific details, understanding of the content presented, the personal effort involved in translating it, and the competence of advisors, as explained above.

If you want my hands-on support as your counsel, this can not be done through PATENTsmarter™. You can reach out to me through my consultancy agreement with Larsen & Birkeholm; however, since this is an entirely independent business, please do not expect discounts or other perks due to the purchase of PATENTsmarter™ products. I only offer a limited number of counseling hours at Larsen & Birkeholm, so you may need to reach out in good time if you would like my case-specific services.