Different Situations For A Patent Service
There are several types of patent services, from helping with filing out the complicated patent application to doing a thorough patent validity search. Whether you are an inventor, an investor, or just a business man, sometimes you need to hire a patent firm for a patent service to be rendered properly.
A Good Idea To Hire A Patent Firm
There are various scenarios that cause for the need to use a patent service and you want it done the right way, the first time. Even if you are a large corporation it is important to consult with experts at a patent firm to help aid you in many of the patent processes. A patent firm may help you see different investment prospects regardless to what the numbers say on a patent valuation.
Large Corporations Need A Patent Service Too
Take Microsoft for example, they are a very well-known, wealthy corporation and recently have purchased quite a few AOL patents. For an inexperienced person the deal may not have seemed like a smart idea because the patent valuation on each individual patent was diminished due to the fact that many of the patents are close to their expiration date. But the AOL patents purchased give Microsoft domain over a lot of technology right now, which puts them ahead of their competitors like Google. This prevents Microsoft’s competitors to use any of the technology protected under the patents.
Also, due to the fact that Microsoft bought a lot of AOL’s patents they are protecting themselves from future patent lawsuits and attacks. It is possible that all the patents in the patent family may not have complete patent validity, but because they bought such a large family of patents Microsoft has pretty much insulated themselves from the entire family getting invalidated.
Even though the patents may not be worth a lot in monetary value, they are priceless in the cutting edge technology. There are so many different aspects to each of the patents purchased, which gives Microsoft an edge over their competitors. Because of this fact, the bidding war for the AOL patent’s was very high, but well worth it in the end.
April 27, 2012
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