Freiheit, a German SME in the communication sector, filed on July 2018 a patent application before the European Patent Office (EPO). The patent, that presented an innovative communication device with unique interoperability functionalities, was sucessfully registered in all the European countries designated by the company.
Freiheit, aware of the business opportunities offered in Latin American in the telecommunication sector, decided to attend two trade fairs, one in Colombia and the other one in Mexico, in order to evaluate potential partnerships and trade opportunities in this region. In addition, the company conducted a feasibility study to make sure that no similar patent was already registered in these countries. The research provided a positive result for the company: to the date, no patent registration had been filed.
The response in both trade fairs was fantastic and therefore the company decided to file a patent application before the national offices of these two countries. However, when preparing the patent applications the German company discovered that a Mexican competitor, who attended the same trade fairs, had copied their invention and already filled a patent application in Mexico.