Patent Infringement

Types of Infringement

A patent can be infringed in several ways:

  • By directly infringing a patent;
  • By inducing another to infringe a patent;
  • By contributory infringement;
  • By importing, selling or using a product made abroad through a process protected by a U.S. process patent; or
  • By manufacturing or selling certain components of a patented invention to be assembled abroad.

Defenses to Infringement

There are several defenses to a claim of patent infringement.

  • Patent invalidity
  • Patent misuse
  • Experimental use

Remedies for patent infringement

Both injunctions and monetary damages are available for patent infringement.

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