CREATe Leading Practices for IP Protection

Patent and copyright infringement, trade secret theft and counterfeit or pirated goods – is your intellectual property at risk?

If not managed and protected proactively and effectively, IP theft and infringement can pose significant business and legal risks. CREATe Leading Practices for IP Protection is a three-step service to assess and then improve your own internal business processes – or that of your supply chain and business partners – for intellectual property protection.

Do your policies, procedures and records align with leading practices for IP protection? Take this free benchmarking to find out how your company ranks.

A comprehensive approach to building the business processes necessary for effective intellectual property protection.

Work with your supply chain and business partners to strengthen their business processes to better protect IP.

Available in Chinese, Portuguese, English and Spanish.


CREATe Leading Practices for IP Protection builds on your existing your business processes and legal approach. Here is the three-step process:


1. Online Self-Assessment

The first step is to measure existing business processes for protecting IP. This online, 60- to 90-minute self-assessment evaluates the maturity of your company’s – or your business partner’s – current business processes for intellectual property protection in eight categories. Upon completion, you will receive scores in each category and a composite score. This gives you an immediate picture of the strengths and weaknesses of your IP program.


2. Expert Evaluation

In this step, you gain valuable insights from a CREATe expert in a discussion about the self-assessment and documents related to your business processes for intellectual property protection. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, elaborate on your current practices, and discuss ways to make improvements. After the independent evaluation, the CREATe expert gives you a second set of scores and provides an expert analysis based on the evaluation. The CREATe expert also delivers a benchmark report comparing your scores to the blinded, aggregated scores of other companies that have also taken the CREATe Leading Practices for Intellectual Property Protection self-assessment and independent evaluation. To help guide future improvements, you receive a summary report with specific, actionable recommendations and suggested priorities for improvement.


3. Improvement Plan

The third and most important step is the Improvement Program. You will receive a comprehensive guide and complementary online course with detailed information on the risks to different types of IP and tools for getting started, such as model IP protection policies, sample procedures, checklists, training guidelines, and more.

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CREATe experts offer tailored assistance on building an effective IP protection program in your company or in your supply chain.


“The CREATe Leading Practices program provides an outside perspective and introduced us to global best practices for IP protection. The report and Guide have been very helpful in showing us how to take steps to improve our IP protection program.”


“The summary report was very helpful for identifying top priorities for areas requiring attention to improve IP protection. For our company, training was identified as a high priority. As a result, we are providing more extensive training to all business units for better IP protection.”


“CREATe Leading Practices complements our approach and can be built onto our existing management system to better protect our trade secrets and other intellectual property.”