I work with clients in the manufacturing industry and research institutions involved in the development of new and/or improved technology. These clients use their intellectual property rights to secure existing business while also facilitating investment in additional manufacturing capacity. While many companies may not have formal research facilities, most are nonetheless engaged in continuous process improvement thereby leading to incremental innovation. If those innovations are not protected, any advantage is lost. Conversely, using those innovations to develop a reasonable intellectual property portfolio can add substantial value to the company both in terms of competitive advantage and as an independent asset which can be monetized if desired.