Infringement / Freedom to Operate

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.

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.

Get in touch

If you are an ambitious business and you expect an IP service provider that can understand and help you achieve your commercial objectives, then we want to work with you. Complete the enquiry form below and one of our specialists will be in touch within one working day. Alternatively you can call us on +44 (0)20 7655 8500. We look forward to hearing from you.