Dealing with Other Patents
Whether you want to know if an invention is new, or need to identify whether relevant third-party patents exist or pose a risk, our team has the background and expertise to help, whatever the technology.
We can identify and assess the status of others' patent rights, which ultimately determines their scope of protection. Problems may have arisen in prosecution, renewal fees may not have been paid, a legal challenge may be pending, or other events may have occurred that affect the patent's enforceability.
Be wary of communicating with anyone other than your professional advisors about third-party patents and the risks they pose. Such correspondence may serve to elevate the risk and will probably not benefit from legal privilege.