Protection and Enforcement of Your Patent Rights
Inventions and innovations are more than ideas, they are key assets that allow companies to establish and maintain a competitive advantage. It is therefore very important for business owners to understand that obtaining a patent is only one step in the process of protecting one’s valuable intellectual property. Re-examination procedures, challenges in federal court, and infringement can all put your patent at risk.
WHGC can aggressively and effectively enforce our clients’ patents and other IP rights through the traditional litigation process. However, we also develop creative, business-oriented solutions that are geared to protect our client’s profitability and, if possible, prevent the need for litigation. We represent entrepreneurs and businesses throughout California, the U.S. and the world.
Enforcing Patent Rights
Infringement can cause serious damage, so patent holders must take immediate action to prevent lost profits and even the possible loss of the patent itself. At WHGC, we act fast to stop infringing behavior, and where a client has suffered financial harm, we demand compensation on their behalf. 35 U.S.C. §284 provides that the damage award for patent infringement cases must be “adequate to compensate for the infringement, but in no event less than a reasonable royalty for the use made of the invention by the infringer, together with interest and costs as fixed by the court.”
Defending against Infringement Claims
In addition to protecting and enforcing patent rights, WHGC also defends clients who have been accused of patent infringement. Defending against an infringement claim requires a close examination of the patent to determine whether the same or similar processes, ideas or technologies have been used. We will fight to invalidate the disputed patent or prove non-infringement in court. Alternatively, we can help clients obtain a reasonable license through settlement negotiations.
What Sets Us Apart?
WHGC has been aggressively and strategically representing clients in patent disputes throughout the U.S. and abroad since 1994. Clients benefit from our deep knowledge and understanding of the litigation and appeals process as well as our real-world experience. Our patent lawyers are licensed by the USPTO and many hold degrees in engineering, computer science and other technical industries.