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Protect Your Business from Patent Infringement

Mar 14, 2008
Regardless of the size of your business operation, whether you are a large corporation or a single entity on your own, inventing new product enhancements and new products requires a lot of work. It takes energy, creativity, motivation, intelligence, time, money, and failure. This is why it is important to patent your ideas and protect them with patent laws. This is also why patent infringement is more than just a financial threat - it's insulting your work and your abilities, the equivalent to cheating on an exam - someone steals your ideas and makes them their own. It is important to protect yourself from this which is one of the fastest growing 'white collar' crimes in the United States.

There are a few different measures that you can take to protect yourself from this, although these steps may differ significantly depending on where you work, who you work for and the type and size of the business. If you work for yourself the best way to protect yourself is to hire a patent infringement attorney.

A patent infringement lawyer can lead you through the steps of the process needed to protect you. Lawyers are experts in this arena of delicate and intricate laws and having a lawyer on your side can help to protect you from patent infringement. You will need a lawyer through all the stages of development, registering your patent and then creating and marketing the product.

While hiring a lawyer can not guarantee that you won't be a victim, but a lawyer can help reduce the chances of you being victimized. Also, a patent infringement lawyer can launch a legal case for you that is much more prosecutable if you are robbed of your patent rights.

Patent laws and what constitutes the violation of those laws is what a lawyer specializes in - they have the resources to discover patent violations and to help prevent them, resources that average individuals do not have access to. If you've hired a patent infringement lawyer, then it's best to heed their advice to the letter - they know what they are talking about having studied the intricate patent laws of the country. Not following your lawyers' advice can land you in a pile of trouble and in the middle of your own patent infringement lawsuit, either as a victim or as a perpetrator.

Regardless of the 'size' or caliber of the infringement, it is always necessary to consult your attorney before proceeding. Any 'size' or level of infringement is prosecutable in a court of law. Your lawyer's job is to prevent you from infringing on someone else's patent, and to help keep your patent from being infringed upon - not taking their advice, which you are paying them to give you, could be complete suicide for your product and your business.

When you are choosing a lawyer, it is necessary to interview them to ensure that they understand the industry that you work in, and that your product is being created for. They should have enough knowledge of the industry to help you create the new invention without infringing on other patent rights and to help you maintain your patent rights for the product as you produce it.

Hiring a patent infringement lawyer has a two-fold job - to keep you from violating other patent rights and laws as your product is created and to keep others from violating your patent rights. The lawyer that you hire should have a firm knowledge of the industry for which your product is intended, even a 'little bit' of knowledge can go a long way for a lawyer.

Your lawyer should also have a support staff that can research and find the information they will need to help you with the process of patent safety. Having access to the knowledge that they will need is just as important as already having a firm knowledge of the industry. Lawyers have incredible research capabilities between themselves and their staff, as well as their position and access to the courts and documents. It's important to remember that a lawyer can get documents that you, as an individual and business owner, can not.

Find a skilled patent infringement lawyer to help you protect your business, both as a perpetrator and a victim. Hiring a lawyer before you begin production can literally save you millions of dollars and can help protect your name, reputation, business and assets.
About the Author
Nick Johnson, lead counsel and founding partner of Johnson Law Group, represents individuals or companies with cases involving patent infringement. Call 1-888-311-5522 today or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com for a free case evaluation.
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