In the field of mechanics, companies often use patents defensively with the goal of excluding competitors and thereby protecting their own sales volumes. It is also common to use patent protection to grant income-generating licences.
Another clear trend in the field of mechanics is that a patent has a long lifetime, which results in it being subjected to opposition and invalidation processes. In light of this, it is of the utmost importance for companies and innovators to have an IP strategy that protects their rights over time. This is especially important in the final years of a patent’s lifetime.
Similarly, monitoring the rights and patents of competitors can constitute a prerequisite for ensuring freedom to operate in the future.
Our consultants and employees have in-depth knowledge and extensive experience of defending as well as opposing and calling for the invalidation of patents.