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What is a Patent?
Patents provide inventors with a legally protectable monopoly over their inventions and protect new and innovative technical features of products and processes. They normally last for a limited period of 20 years depending on the country.
To qualify for patent protection, an invention must be:
- Involve an innovative step;
- Be capable of industrial application; and
- Not specifically excluded from protection.
To obtain a patent, an application for a patent needs to be filed; this will normally be with the patent office of the country where the inventor works.
Patents can provide a high level of protection and are highly important in some industries; this is clearly seen in the case of pharmaceutical companies, who spend millions of pounds and extensive time on research and development.
The process for registering a patent is not easy and can be expensive. It also exposes a product to competitors through public disclosure of the technology behind it without the competitor breaching the patent.
How Can I Make a Claim for Patent Infringement?
To make a claim, you must be either the proprietor of the patent or an exclusive licensee. There are various acts that constitute an infringement. There is a slight distinction between the claims that can be made regarding a patented product or a process.
For a patented product, the offences are:
- Making, disposing of, offering to dispose of, using, importing or keeping the product.
For a patented process, the offences are:
- Using the process or knowingly offering the process for use; and
- Disposing of, offering to dispose of, using, importing or keeping any product obtained directly through the patented process.
These offences directly infringe on the owner of the patent’s rights. A claim can also be made if someone indirectly infringes on the patent proprietor’s rights. This is where someone supplies or offers to supply in the UK a person with any of the means for putting the invention into effect, relating to an essential element of the invention.
There is a knowledge requirement for this offence meaning that the person who is accused must have known or it would have been obvious to a reasonable person that the means are suitable for putting the invention into effect in the UK and are intended to do so.
The essential element of patent infringement is that it is done without the permission of the proprietor.
How do I Defend a Patent Infringement Claim?
If you are a defendant in a patent infringement claim, you may be able to defend the claim using one of the statutory exceptions under the Patent Act or other defences. For example, acts done privately do not constitute patent infringement; they must be done in a commercial context. Other defences include experimental use and prior use.
What Remedies are Available in a Patent Infringement Case?
Remedies for patent infringement include:
- An interim injunction can be obtained before trial to stop the defendant from continuing to use the patented product or process until the outcome of the trial;
- A final injunction to prevent the defendant from using the product or process from that point on;
- An order for the delivery up or destruction of the infringing goods;
- The claimant may seek damages for loss of sales or damage to goodwill;
- An account of profits which provides for the defendant to pay to the claimant a proportion of the profits it made because of the infringement; and
Our Approach to Patent Claims
Intellectual property proceedings such as patent infringement claims can be technical and complicated and are dealt with by specialist Courts in England and Wales. At Myerson, we can provide you with swift advice whether you are bringing or defending a claim.
Myerson are members of the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (IPLA). The IPLA is an association of approximately 66 law firms who have an established intellectual property department. The fact we are a member of the IPLA demonstrates that we have extensive and detailed experience in the conduct of IP disputes in the UK. One of the main objectives of the IPLA is to lobby for improvements to IP law and practice for the benefit of those who hold IP rights.
Myerson are a nationally recognised law firm with a large team of intellectual property solicitors. Our intellectual property team is ranked by the prestigious Legal 500 law firm directory. Therefore, you can be assured that you will receive the best quality advice and service offering.
Why Choose Our Intellectual Property Solicitors?
Our specialist intellectual property team are ranked by the Legal 500 legal directory, which means that you can be certain that you will be receiving the highest quality of intellectual property advice and displays our strength in advising on complex IP issues.
- Our intellectual property experts advise clients on a broad range of intellectual property matters, from initial registration and exploitation to protection and enforcement.
- Our specialist IP litigation team is also highly experienced in handling business disputes involving intellectual property.
- Myerson is a member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (IPLA), an association of law firms with an established intellectual property office. Our membership provides our clients and us with access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise in intellectual property.
- Through our many years of service, we have close working relationships with trade mark and patent attorneys and regularly liaise with them on a wide range of intellectual property issues, such as registering trade marks, patents and design rights, and when disputes arise concerning intellectual property rights. These working relationships are a key element of the service we offer to our clients.
- Myerson is also the Manchester and Cheshire law firm member for the MSI Global Alliance, a top 20 ranked international association of independent professional firms. As the IP matters we deal with often involve an international element, we can call upon the expertise and knowledge of our fellow MSI members to ensure that our client’s global interests are protected.
Meet Our Intellectual Property Solicitors
Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our intellectual property lawyers are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.
Carla is a Partner and Head of our Commercial Team
Richard is a Senior Associate in our Commercial Team
Robert is a Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution Team
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