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By Don C. Brunell
Syndicated Columnist 

Bellevue Patent Infringement Win Gives Small Investors Hope

 

August 16, 2018



In America, when people invent things, they expect their trade secrets to be protected by federal law when their government patents are approved. However, that isn’t always the case.

Patent infringements are life and death for inventors especially when their ideas are incorporated into products made by larger and better financed competitors who avoid paying licensing fees. Too often the originators sue, run out of money fighting off competitors, and simply fade away.

Until recently, our courts have been little help to patent owners. However, an obscure Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)...



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