The Soteryah Index and IP/Business ranking

Why a Soteryah index?

Detailed ranking – Soteryah index

Besides international investments in business, investors and applicants are oftentimes faced with a need to choose countries where they are to continue IP procedures.

The question then arises regarding in which countries to invest in priority, and based on which criteria.

The choice of countries where to invest must, as much as possible, take into account economic indicators, in order to have an objective picture of purchasing power and of the business potential.

It is in view of this need that we designed the SoteryahTM index. It takes into account economic data, inter alia from the databases of the international monetary fund, of the previous year.

The countries with a large annual economic production and a significant productive population are the best ranked.

On one hand, a “Luxury” index is calculated with more emphasis on economic production than on population elements. This index is intended for companies favoring for example an exceptional quality of products or services. The Luxury index corresponds more to products and services targeting an elite of the country at a relatively high price.

On the other hand, a “Mass Market” index puts more emphasis on population elements. This index is intended for companies favoring for example a price acceptable by the largest number of consumers. The Mass Market index corresponds more to products and services targeting the majority of the population taking into account average incomes.

Remark: The Soteryah index may not be suitable for certain countries for various reasons. This being said, it seems to be an interesting tool.



The data shows that Europe and the United States do seem to be the territories of primary choice.

Qatar is one of the countries where colossal investments can be mobilized.

African countries opted for supranational rights to facilitate investments in several countries.

Isolated countries, regarding International IP conventions, seem to be the least attractive from an investment perspective.

Top 50 Mass Market

Rank World Score Pt Tm
1  United States 248,0 WO P
2  China 145,8 WO A&P
3  Quatar 101,8 GC
4  Macau 90,0 WO A&P
5  Luxembourg 82,4 EPO A&P
6  Japan 82,0 WO P
7  Singapore 80,3 WO P
8  Germany 76,3 EPO A&P
9  Ireland 64,0 EPO P
10  Brunei 61,1 WO
11  Norway 60,9 EPO P
12  United Kingdom 60,6 EPO P
13  France 60,3 EPO A&P
14  United Arab Emirates 57,0 GC
15 Switzerland 56,2 EPO A&P
16  Canada 54,2 WO
17  Australia 53,0 WO P
18  Hong Kong 52,7 EPO*
19  Kuwait 52,6 GC
20  Netherlands 51,6 EPO A&P
21  Saudi Arabia 50,1 GC
22  Italy 48,9 EPO A&P
23  Korea, South 46,9 WO P
24  San Marino 46,2 EPO A&P
25  Taiwan 46,1 WO
26  Sweden 45,5 EPO P
27  Austria 44,1 EPO A&P
28  Spain 43,8 EPO
29  Denmark 43,2 EPO P
30  Iceland 43,1 EPO A&P
31  Belgium 41,8 EPO A&P
32  Bahrain 38,7 GC P
33  Finland 38,1 EPO P
34  Russia 37,7 EA A&P
35  Oman 36,4 GC P
36  Malta 35,1 EPO
37  India 33,4 WO
38  Israel 32,7 WO
39  New Zealand 32,7 WO
40  Puerto Rico 31,4 WO
41  Czech Republic 30,9 EPO A&P
42  Cyprus 30,9 EPO A&P
43  Poland 29,8 EPO A&P
44  Brazil 29,6 WO
45  Slovenia 28,7 EPO A&P
46  Turkey 28,4 EPO P
47  Slovakia 27,9 EPO A&P
48  Mexico 27,7 WO
49  Lithuania 27,2 EPO P
50  Malaysia 27,1 WO


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How to file a patent?

How to file a patent?
How to write a patent?
Vast questions!

The patent is essentially an industrial property right allowing the legal appropriation of a technical innovation. We can speak of a legal monopoly.

In return for this monopoly authorized by the state, the applicant must give a minimum of information on his invention.

The drafting of a patent application is subject to a particular formality, and must be done meticulously to avoid as much as possible third parties circumventing the patent, and to avoid insurmountable objections within the framework of the granting procedure.

The patent application includes a description, claims and possibly drawings. These different elements will be presented below. The request is thus filed with the Patent Office (INPI, OEB, OMPI, UKIPO, IPI, DPMA… depending on the case).

I- Claims
(how to write patent claims?)

This is a substantially synthetic part, at the end of the text of the patent application.

The claims are actually a set of features that define the invention. Each technical characteristic must be formulated as clearly as possible so that by reading the claim, one understands what is the subject matter for which a protection is sought.

In legal terms, the claims define the subject matter of the protection sought. They should be clear and concise and be based on the description. (Art. 84 EPC).

The claim is generally drafted like this: a device comprising an element X, an element Y, (characterized in that it comprises) an element Z.

II- Description
(how to write a patent description?)

The description presents the details of the invention. It must be the subject of a usual formalism, presenting separate parts.

The purpose of the description is to explain what already exists, how the invention differs from what already exists, and what specific advantages each feature brings.

The description must allow a person skilled in the art to be able to carry out the invention to the risk of facing an objection of insufficient description.

III- Drawings

The drawings illustrate the patent application when necessary. The elements of the invention in the drawings are identified by generally numerical references which are reproduced as such in the description for the corresponding explanations, and in parentheses in the claims, to facilitate reading and understanding.

IV- Abstract

The abstract is essentially a summary of the invention. It is generally illustrated by one of the figures when applicabe.

(how to file a patent?)

SOTERYAH IP assists you in the preparation and filing of your patent applications in particular in France, in Europe, and Internationally.

The prior art search

Prior art research consists of conducting a survey of documentary databases, in particular those specialized in patents, in order to try to find previous documents which disclose elements similar to the invention that you want to protect.

The question then becomes whether the invention to be protected has already been fully or partially disclosed.

If not, it could be recommended to file a new patent application to legally appropriate the technical elements of the invention and prevent a competitor from putting the same product on the market without our authorization.

Reservations are however to be put forward for prior art searches, the first being the fact that it is generally done on the basis of keywords which means that keywords that are not entered or not translated do not give any results.

The second limitation is that patents are published 18 months after the first filing, which means that there is a blind spot of 18 months during which earlier patents cannot be found within this period (filings made less than 18 months from the day of the search). On the other hand, unpublished patents are not opposable to subsequent filing under inventive step.

SOTERYAH IP assists you in your search for prior art and advice on patentability or infringement.

Searching for funds

The creation of start-ups and the development of the company are an obstacle course, in particular with regard to financing.

The prerequisite is of course the definition of a significant competitive advantage, which can then materialize in sales of products or services.

But from the start of the start-up, it needs a lot of funding to manage the first patents and brands, the first salaries, marketing, communication, sales …

It is the same for the developing company which is likely to have large orders to fulfill at the same time as these costs related to innovation.

It is therefore important to find the funding for the launch and for the maintenance of the activity, keeping in mind that this will be supported later by sales.

The emphasis is first on non-dilutive financing to first increase the value of your shares and not to lose control of your business too soon.

It is only in a second step that we will assess the advisability of going through dilutive financing of the Business Angels type …

SOTERYAH IP (and other consultants) assist you in the diagnosis of your needs, the financing strategy, the strategies for submitting grant applications, BPIFrance applications, and other institutional grants, honor loans and finally bank loans .


The profession of French IP attorney (Conseil en Propriété Industrielle)

The profession of French IP Attorney (Conseil en Propriété Industrielle – CPI) is a regulated profession like that of lawyers with specific ethics and professional secrecy.

In order to become a French IP Attorney, one must have technical or scientific background up to Masters level or an engineering degree. In addition, one must have at least 3 years of experience in a a French IP Attorney Firm and a law degree issued by the Center for International Studies for Intellectual Property (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg.

After all this course, one must pass the Qualifying Examination carried out by the French IP Office (Institut National de la Propriété Intellectuelle – INPI) together whith French Chamber of French IP Attorneys (Compagnie Nationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle – CNCPI) to be approved by the INPI for the filing of French applications.

A similar or parallel path can be taken to be approved by the European Patent Office (EPO) and to file European patents. In this case, it is the European Patent Attorney exam.

SOTERYAH IP assists you as French IP Attorneys and European Patent Attorneys for your files of new innovations.