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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about U.S. Patents, Patent Enforcement, Patent Infringement and Patent Litigation

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Must I own a U. S. Patent?

Yes, you must own a U.S. Patent in order for us to provide patent enforcement services. We specialize in the licensing and enforcement of U.S. Patents, and our contingency patent enforcement model applies to U.S. Patents with infringers in the U.S.

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Does it make any difference in what country I am located?

Each year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offices issues about 180,000 U.S. Patents, and about half of them are issued to non-U.S. applicants. General Patent can enforce your U.S. Patent regardless of where you are located. Under U.S. law, all patent owners have equal rights under the law, regardless of where they are located. It may be necessary for you to travel to the U.S. as part of the patent enforcement campaign, and if that is the case, we pay your travel expenses.

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Can you help me secure a United States Patent?

We do not provide assistance with filing for a U.S. Patent. However, if we undertake your patent enforcement matter, as part of the comprehensive package of services we provide to our clients, we will assume responsibility for maintaining your U.S. Patents and their continuations, continuations-in-part, reissues and reexaminations.

If you do not own a United States Patent, but you want to apply for a U.S. Patent for an invention of yours, we offer a free Patent Attorney Referral Service at our U.S. website. It can refer you to a patent practitioner who can assist you in applying for a U.S. Patent.

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Does it make a difference if the U.S. Patent is owned by a person or a business or other entity?

It makes no difference. We accept patent infringement claims based on their merits, regardless of whether you are a private citizen, or you represent a business, university or other entity.

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How much can I expect to receive as compensation for infringement of my U.S. Patent?

There are numerous factors that determine how much the patent owner receives should he be able to prove patent infringement. Settlements can run from a few thousand dollars to millions of U.S. Dollars.

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How long will it be before I can expect to receive compensation for the infringement of my patent?

It could be as soon as year or 18 months, or it could be longer. There are numerous factors that can affect how long it takes to successfully conclude a patent enforcement claim.

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Will I need to sign a contract with General Patent or the law firm?

We may set up a special-purpose limited liability company (LLC) to which you will assign your patent(s) and you will become a shareholder (or member) of the LLC.  In this case, the contract you will sign will be with General Patent Corporation, and the LLC that will become the plaintiff in the patent infringement litigation.

If, however, you are a business participating in the U.S. market, it may be more advantageous for your company to keep ownership of your patent(s) and be the plaintiff in a lawsuit. In this event, General Patent Corporation will represent your company directly as the client. In either case, we will underwrite all legal fees and expenses on your behalf.

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Will I need to travel to the States to enforce my U.S. Patent?

You do not have to come to the U.S. to have us consider your patent infringement claim or to have us get your patent enforcement campaign started. We can work with you remotely via telephone, fax and e-mail. However, once the patent litigation commences, you may have to travel to the U.S. for depositions and the trial. If so, we cover your travel expenses.

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If you were successful in securing compensation for infringement of my patent, how would I be paid?

You will be paid in U.S. dollars, either via a check drawn on our U.S. bank or we can wire the funds to your bank.

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I still have questions.

Submit your questions to info@generalpatent.asia.

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I own a U.S. Patent, and I believe it has been infringed. What do I do?

Complete an Enforcement Analysis Request. There is no charge to have GPC evaluate your patent infringement claim.