PHILADELPHIA, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce the release of the white paper, How to Defend Against Patent Trolls Without Breaking the Bank. Authored by Ken Bressler and Chris Hu, this comprehensive resource presents companies of all sizes with practical steps for mitigating potentially crippling patent litigation and its adverse financial consequences, while defending the company and maintaining normal business operations.
"Patent trolls—those who seek to enforce patent rights, but do not actually manufacture or supply services based on the patents—are a significant problem for almost all companies, large and small," said Bressler. In 2012, nearly 60% of all patent suits were filed by trolls and more than 6,000 companies were sued by trolls. Considering these bleak statistics, Bressler added that, "Winning a case means little if your company does not survive."
How to Defend Against Patent Trolls Without Breaking the Bank discusses how a company can:
- Settle with the Troll
- Modify the Product to Design Around the Patent
- Move to Dismiss the Case When it Commences
- Move for Sanctions
- Move for Summary Judgment
- Challenge the Patent at the Patent Office
- Reduce Costs if You Cannot Get Out of the Case Early
- Avoid Being Sued in the First Place
For more information, please visit http://www.BlankRome.com/PatentTrolls.
Ken Bressler is a partner in Blank Rome's Intellectual Property and Technology group. He is an intellectual property litigator with 30 years of hands-on experience. In addition to litigating, Ken counsels companies on general business matters and conducts due diligence reviews of intellectual property assets for private equity, IPOs, M&A and financings.
Chris Hu is of counsel in Blank Rome's Intellectual Property and Technology group. He has more than 35 years of experience representing a broad spectrum of clients in patent and trade secret cases and disputes involving a wide range of technologies, including e-commerce, computers, telecommunications devices, medical products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and mechanical devices.
About Blank Rome LLP
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