When an intellectual property right of our client is infringed upon, we take steps, on instructions of and together with the client, to stop the infringing activities. Sometimes it suffices to warn the infringing party, or a settlement is made, for instance in the form of a licence agreement (see below). In other cases, both parties prove to persist and legal proceedings will follow to settle the dispute. For this, an IP-specialized attorney-at-law is generally called in. Often, a compensation for infringing actions carried out in the past is stipulated as well.

Conversely, we defend clients accused of infringing upon rights of other parties. Basically, the defence then set up is that no infringement is made and/or that the right invoked by the opposite party is annullable, for instance because the subject matter of a patent was not novel at the moment when the patent was applied for.

© V.O. - Infringement

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