What are your enforcement rights as a patent holder?
As stated in 35 US Code 154(a)(1), every patent contains “a grant to the patentee ... of the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention...”. Read these words carefully, because a patent is not – as many believe – permission for the inventor to use his or her invention. It is, in fact, the right of the inventor to exclude or prevent others from using the patented invention, and the right to enforce the patent when patent infringement occurs.
Patent enforcement is complex and expensive
Patent enforcement is very complicated. The burden to prove infringement is the patent holder’s, and the cost of litigation is prohibitively high if you are not a major corporation. When the patent infringer is a large corporation with deep pockets, it has significant advantages over an individual inventor or small business. That’s why inventors need a well-financed ally that can finance the costs of a patent infringement lawsuit.
Pursuing patent infringers
Professional guidance is critical if you want to enforce your patent. Many inventors go straight to a patent attorney, but many patent attorneys can only help you secure a patent for your invention. When it comes to patent enforcement, you need someone who has more than just a legal background. You need someone who understands your invention and will put the same time and effort into understanding the nuances of your patent infringement claim as you initially put into the development of your invention!
We are serious about patent enforcement
General Patent Corporation specializes in contingency patent enforcement. We’ve been enforcing patents for inventors for more than twenty years. Our in-house team of patent litigators, licensing experts and negotiators make it their business to understand your patent. We develop a unique patent enforcement strategy for each and every client, and we aggressively pursue your patent infringement claim, putting whatever resources are needed into the patent enforcement campaign.
Patent enforcement results for our clients
General Patent has consistently produced winning settlements for our clients. In fact, we’ve never failed to either reach a negotiated patent enforcement settlement for a client or win our client’s patent enforcement lawsuit at trial! That’s why so many inventors turn to General Patent to champion their cause!
No expenses on your part
If we offer to launch a patent enforcement campaign on your behalf, you pay us nothing. We invest whatever resources are needed internal manpower, experts and expert witnesses, and whatever additional resources are needed to aggressively prosecute your patent enforcement claim. We are only paid once we’ve produced positive results for you: a license, royalties for the use of your patent, a negotiated settlement, or victory in court!
Multiple patent enforcement outcomes
We do not focus on getting you your day in court because going to trial may not be the smartest strategy. While we are prepared to go to trial, we can often negotiate a license under which you receive payment for past use of your patent as well as ongoing royalties for future use of your patent. Or…if you are practicing your patent (producing a product that uses your patent), we may be able to negotiate compensation for lost profits. We may even be able to collect additional damages if we can prove the infringer acted in willful disregard of the patent owner’s right.
Enforcing your patent
If you’d like us to review your patent infringement claim - at no cost or obligation - you just need to complete a Patent Infringement Inquiry. Our team will review the information you provide to us. If we determine that your patent has been infringed and enforcement of it would be economically feasible - and you decide to have us management and finance a patent enforcement campaign on your behalf - we will develop a unique patent enforcement strategy for your specific situation. If you have questions, call us at 888-861-8484.