In an article on today’s IPFrontline.com, senior VP of operations at MultiLing, Jeremy Coombs, outlined what he sees as the three biggest patent filing mistakes companies are making when drafting and filing their patent applications domestically and worldwide. While his suggestions on how to combat them won’t guarantee zero risk, they will decrease the chance of unnecessary litigation when patent filing and better prepare you to fight the litigation if it arises.
While the full article can be read at http://ipfrontline.com/2016/01/three-biggest-gaffes-that-increase-the-risk-of-patent-litigation/, here are some points that will paint the picture:
- Be aware of what’s on the market so you’ll be more aware of the uniqueness of your product.
- Make sure your original patent application is accurate and clear, which, according to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee, give patent owners “a clear notice of the boundaries of their patent rights.” It also helps ensure subsequent applications in other languages begin with accurate and clear content.
- Ensure your patent translation service providers employs true experts – in-country, native speakers intimately familiar with the cultural nuances critical to how words are used or phrased, as well as experts in the science of your invention and patent law in the countries in which you’re seeking protection.
Are you already doing the above, or have you suffered from mistakes you – or your company – have made when filing for patent protection? We’d love to speak with you about how MultiLing’s team of native linguists, scientists, engineers and legal specialists can help you decrease the risk of litigation.