Patent infringement litigation, a subset of intellectual property ("IP") litigation (patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights), involves a patent owner suing one or more parties for their unauthorized making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing of products and services that infringe one or more claims of the owner's patents. Such infringement can occur following good faith discussions between the parties when the patent owner confidentially shares the details of his or her patented invention and trade secrets with a party who later makes or uses the invention without the owner's permission. These disclosures sometimes occur under non-disclosure agreements.
Parties may also infringe an owner's patents by simply copying or using the patented technology without first seeking a license to the owner's patents. Many companies are willing to risk such behavior because they expect that most inventors do not have the resources, will, or stamina to pursue them.
Moreover, recent rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have made it easier for companies with market power and armies of lobbyists and lawyers to steal IP, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights, that inventors have worked so hard much of their lives to research, create, market, license, and sell. The courts' rulings many times unfairly favor these companies and ignore the sweat, blood, tears, and investment that go into developing and advancing the needed medicines and technologies that they invalidate on a daily basis. They justify their rulings based on hindsignt reasoning by looking years into the past and opining that the patent is obvious or abstract.
The Corcoran Law Firm was founded to obtain justice for the true inventors of our society whose inventions are revolutionizing our way of life. Corporations do not have a monopoly on creativity. They rely on ordinary people, like us, to create, market, and sell their products. When they run out of ideas, they look outside of their limited brain trust to other innovative sources to preserve their market shares and keep their shareholders happy by illegally misappropriating other inventors' intellectual property.
The U.S. IP laws do not permit such theft, and willful infringers can pay a hefty price for their callous business practices. Courts have discretion to double and triple damage awards for willful infringement and misappropriation. Courts may also award attorneys' fees and expenses to the IP owner in such cases.
The Corcoran Law Firm will thoroughly research your case and determine if you have grounds to sue for IP theft. This research includes: (1) a comparision of your IP to a potential defendant's unauthorized making, using, copying, selling, offering for sale, or importing of your IP;
(2) a validity analysis to determine if any public information or publications printed before the priority date of your IP may invalidate it; and
(3) a damages analysis to determine the potential lost profits, royalties, and permanent injunction that you may be entitled to receive.
The Corcoran Law Firm offers alternative fee arrangements to meet its clients' financial resources and expectations, ranging from contingency, mixed-contingency, reduced flat fee, and reduced hourly fee to regular flat and hourly fee options. The more the client can afford to pay, the less contingency percentage the Firm will require. These alternative fee structures accommodate clients who may not have the resources to hire larger law firms which require much higher rates. Rest assured, The Corcoran Law Firm provides the same if not better service to its clients as the larger law firms given Peter Corcoran's vast and unparalleled experience in patent and intellectual property law.