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Patent enforcement: What you don't know might hurt you

This is part one of a two part article. The next installment covering the enforcement tactics and proactive measures to take will appear next week.

You or your company may have no patents and, generally, little perceived need to be concerned with patent matters. However, there is a growing group of entities that consider enforcing patents to ......

Full article >>> reign countries do not require an inventor to actually build or implement his or her invention. An inventor need only create a design. Patents issued on designs are sometimes referred to as paper patents, because the inventor never builds a prototype before filing the patent application and may never actually build a product or implement a process embodying the invention.

In some cases, ......

Full article >>> ove just two things: ownership of the asserted patent and that the accused device or process (regardless of who made or designed it) is covered by at least one claim in the patent.

However, until recently most patent lawsuits involved a plaintiff company practicing an invention suing a competitor who was making and selling a product or service thought to infringe the patent. Retailers and......

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There are some other consequences of that model. First, since they dont manufacture or provide any products or services, patent enforcers are generally not interested in a cross-licensing arrangement, where the defendant licenses its patent or patents in exchange for a license to the plaintiffs patent or patents. Second, long-term business relations......

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'"/> By Derek Stettner 11/21/05

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