Types of Patent Infringement

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What Are the Different Types of Patent Infringement?

Patent infringement is any unauthorized manufacture, sale, or use of a patented invention.  Patent infringement occurs either directly or indirectly.  

Direct Patent Infringement

The most common form of infringement is direct infringement, where the claims of the patent literally describe the infringing invention or the invention performs substantially the same function.  

Indirect Patent Infringement

The second form of patent infringement is indirect infringement, which is broken down into two types: 

In order for there to be liability for inderect infringement, there must also be direct infringement resulting from the indirect act.

Do I Need a Patent Lawyer?

Patent infringement is a very technical and complex issue.  An experienced patent attorney can help you determine if your rights have been infringed and also represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 01-10-2012 03:41 PM PST

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