Business owners in Georgia such as yourself may have patents for certain items that are integral to your specific business. Whether this is the design for a product, equipment, or anything else, we at Kaufman & Forman, P.C., understand that you need to protect your ideas from patent infringement.
Accusations of patent infringement are to be treated severely, but what exactly constitutes a patent infringement? First of all, a patent is something that gives property rights to the inventor who submitted the idea to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These patents expire and must usually be renewed every 20 years, therefore it is important to monitor your patents to make sure the paperwork is still in effect. The United States Patent and Trademark Office then says that patent infringement is the name for the illegal sale, use, import or creation of a patented item without consent of the patent’s owner.
It should also be noted that patent infringement can occur even if you import things to the country that are made using a patented method. If any element of a patent is used without notifying and getting permission from the owner, it could legally be counted as infringement, even if the person in question is not using the product or item to turn a profit. Someone who encourages others to import items and potentially infringe on patents may also be liable even if they themselves don’t do any of the direct handling.
If you would like to learn more ways of resolving any issues related to patents, such as patent infringement or disputes, please visit the link to our web page. You may be able to find extra advice that could apply to your particular situation.