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What is Patent Infringement?

Patent Infringement

Patented articles are works of originality, hard work and inspiration. If you hold a patent to an important concept, object or discovery you must be fully aware of the sweat and trouble that you put into establishing your patent. Naturally you wouldn’t want any individual or enterprise using your patent for commercial or personal interests. This action is called patent infringement and as any good patent atty will tell you infringing patents are illegal and a punishable offence.

Acts which denote infringement

You can be sure that somebody is infringing your patent when you discover that your patented product is being manufactured by a third party. Your patented object cannot be disposed of or offered to be disposed off without your express permission or written approval.

Your patented article is your intellectual property and it cannot be imported to foreign countries or sent overseas without permission. If you patented a particular scientific process or a manufacturing procedure no other person can use that process to manufacture products on their name. Nobody can sell products made by that patented process.

It’s also illegal to keep an object manufactured directly by a patented process without the patentee’s knowledge or approval. These restrictions have been made to stop a competitor from unfairly stocking up on products made by a patented process and selling them off once the patent period has lapsed.

Why are patent attorneys required?

Even when an inventor has full knowledge of the above mentioned rules and regulations, he will still need the help of patent Trademark attorney to file claims with the supporting documented evidence. In case there are claims of infringement, the patent attorney will prepare a defense for your product.

The panel might raise questions of whether there is sufficient “inventiveness” in the product or the product qualifies as a manufactured item. In such cases, patent attorneys are required to resolve grey issues with their legal knowledge and expertise.