How can clients protect themselves against IP Litigation?
If you’re in a competitive field, the first thing you have to do is, you have to understand and know what patents your clients have. You come out with a new product, you should typically do a clearance search, a freedom to operate search. Before you get into the product development to a large extent, understand if there’s a risk of infringing on somebody else’s patent. So that’s the first thing that they should do.
Another thing that you should do, that’s somewhat of a soft, if you will, the solution is to know your competitors more on a personal level. Try and see them socially, or try to maintain communication channels with the competitors. So, if a dispute does arise, then you can call them and you can try and work it out.
Where there’s a lack of communications, that’s where the litigation usually starts.