Navigating Patent Infringement Lawsuits: What You Need to Know
Patent infringement lawsuits are among the most high-stakes cases in which you could possibly be involved. The party who has filed the lawsuit has their entire stake in their intellectual property on the line. The defendant in the case could be liable for a large amount of damages.
There are several things the plaintiff may seek in a patent infringement lawsuit:
- Consequential damages for losses incurred
- Lost profits
- Punitive damages
- An injunction to order a stop to the behavior that is infringing on the patent
- A declaratory judgment about who owns the patent rights
Many patent infringement lawsuits will not go all the way to trial. There is an incentive for both parties to settle the case before it reaches the jury. If you do have a trial, it could be a scientifically complex proceeding requiring the testimony of numerous experts. It is not uncommon for patent infringement lawsuits to drag on your years between the trial and the appeal.
A plaintiff may need to stop certain behavior well in advance of when their case would be heard. Thus, they may seek a preliminary injunction that would be in place while the trial is making its way through court.
You should contact an attorney at the very beginning of the patent dispute. There may be communications between the parties and an attempt to negotiate a solution. You may be better off staying out of court, but you may have no choice but to engage in litigation.
Contact an Orlando Patent Litigation Attorney Today
The attorneys at the Daniel Law Offices can provide you with aggressive legal representation if you are involved in a patent dispute. You can speak with a lawyer today by calling us at 866.377.2836 or by reaching out to us here.