Tuesday, September 16, 2014

USPTO - Patent Lawsuit Threats or Demand Letters - What to Do

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee wrote an article USPTO’s Plain Language Toolkit Empowers Public on Patent Litigation "to empower and inform 'Main Street' retailers and consumers that may have been threatened with a patent lawsuit or received a demand letter. It was developed to provide plain language answers to key questions.

Ms. Lee says "The online toolkit features several Web pages containing plain language answers to commonly asked questions about demand letters and patent infringement complaints, such as:
• what a patent is,
• what to do if sued for patent infringement, and
• what to do after receiving a demand letter.

To the extent that legal terms are included, the toolkit has a useful glossary to ensure that consumers and 'Main Street' retailers are on the same page. By presenting the information in as straightforward a manner as possible, the USPTO sees this toolkit as a first-stop for people learning about their rights and trying to understand the various courses of action available under their circumstances."

For more details see USPTO's Patent Litigation Toolkit and join the Webinar Thursday September 18 at 12:00pm ET.

Copyright © 2014 Robert Moll. All rights reserved.