Comprehensive Suite of Services

General Patent Corporation (GPC) offers a comprehensive package of services to our patent enforcement clients. Not every client needs every service.

  • Evaluate the viability of your infringement claim: At no cost or obligation to the university. General Patent will analyze your claim of patent infringement to determine if the university’s patent can withstand a challenge of its validity, if infringement can be proven, and if there are sufficient damages to make a patent enforcement campaign a financially viable undertaking.
  • Identify all potential infringers: General Patent is often able to identify additional infringers beyond those the university may be aware of. This is important, because the more infringers there are, the more financially viable a patent enforcement campaign can be.
  • Provide discretion for the university: Our unique business model enables a university to enforce its intellectual property, but not have the school’s name appear as the plaintiff in a patent infringement lawsuit.
  • Select a law firm to try the litigation: GPC has relationships with many talented IP litigators. We will engage the law firm best suited to handle the university’s infringement claim.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of the law firm(s): There are often multiple infringers, so the work of the law firm(s) needs to be coordinated in that regard.
  • Provide strategic direction: Our in-house legal staff works with the attorneys assigned to your litigation when any key decision has to be made. Two of the key issues that have to be addressed are which venue (or court location) will be used to file the litigation and – should there be multiple infringers – which infringer to sue first.
  • Manage patent reexamination(s), if appropriate: The university’s patent may be forced into reexamination, or we may decide to put it in reexamination ourselves. In either event, we engage a patent agent or patent attorney and supervise the process.
  • Supervise patent continuation(s), if appropriate: If we decide to file for continuations on the university’s patent, we hire a patent agent or patent attorney, and supervise the process.
  • Underwrite all litigation expenses: Also known as “disbursements,” these can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, to even a million of dollars or more. These include:
    • Filing fees
    • Travel costs for attorneys, witnesses and university personnel
    • Written and/or video depositions and other documentation
    • Experts and expert witnesses
    • Trial demonstratives
    • Jury consultants
    • Mock jury trials
    • Reexaminations and/or continuations
  • Supervise settlement negotiations: While we are always prepared to have the lawsuit heard by a jury, few civil lawsuits actually go to trial. We may be able to negotiate a favorable out-of-court settlement.
  • Handle all licensing negotiations: Not all infringers need to be sued. We can often negotiate licenses without filing patent infringement lawsuits against each and every infringer.
  • Monitor all royalty payments: We make sure that the university receives all the compensation it is entitled to for the remaining life of the patent or patents.
  • Maintain your patent(s) or other IP: We make sure all fees are paid so the university’s patents and other IP remain valid until their expiration.

While every client does not need all of these services, all of them are available to all General Patent clients at no cost. Remember that it costs the university nothing to have General Patent analyze your claim of patent infringement to determine if a patent enforcement campaign is a viable option. Complete a Patent Infringement Inquiry or call us toll-free at 888-488-8178.