Whether you are a start-up trying to get your first product to market, or an established multi-national corporation venturing into new territory, ensuring your potential liability is limited when launching a new product is essential. It is likely that the single largest liability for a new product will be the threat of infringing a patent belonging to a third party.
We will guide you through the patent landscape to enable you to understand, quantify and minimise the IP-related risk, providing you with the freedom and flexibility to make informed decisions about your commercial activities.
Whether you have your own patents or not, the risk of being accused of infringing third party patents and the consequent cost of licensing or litigation should not be ignored by any technology-centric business. See our freedom to operate guide to find out how we can help you to reduce that risk.
If you are a patent owner or are in the process of acquiring patent protection, GJE can help you to leverage your IP to increase your return on investment. We will provide guidance on how to achieve your commercial aims in a cost effective and intelligent way. Enforcement and exploitation of IP rights extends beyond just patent litigation. Depending on your business model, patents can be directly monetised via licensing or sale, or utilised to protect your core revenue streams through enforcement to prevent competitors from using your technology platforms.
When non-contentious routes of exploitation are exhausted, we will provide strategic and tactical advice on patent enforcement around the world. In the UK, we have experience of supporting litigation in the Chancery Division of the High Court and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, including working with top quality IP counsel in a way that keeps costs under control. With support from our network of specialised overseas attorneys, including in the US, GJE will assist with the prosecution and defence of international patent enforcement actions worldwide.
Involving us at an early stage of IP negotiations may avoid the expense of litigation altogether; a carefully drafted warning letter often prevents escalation of a dispute. Our experience of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s infringement opinion procedure can encourage early settlement at a fraction of the cost of commencing court proceedings.