Patent litigation

What is patent litigation?

Patent litigation typically results from patent infringement – when one party infringing upon another party’s patent by manufacturing, using or selling the patented invention without permission from the patent owner.

Whether you are the patent holder whose patent is being infringed, or you have received a demand letter or summons from a patent owner, we can help. We understand that demand letters can be intimidating and upsetting to any business owner. Let us help you examine the infringement claim to determine whether the accusation has merit or is a legitimate claim.

Should someone infringe upon your patent, Riley Pope & Laney’s experienced IP litigation team stands at the ready to enforce your patent and other IP rights. Our Charleston, South Carolina based patent attorneys are highly regarded as patent litigators in the state. We have experience fighting on behalf of clients in the US District Courts.

Can you help me avoid litigation?

In addition to the use of cease and desist letters and out of court negotiations, one of our registered patent attorneys, B.C. “Bill” Killough, has become a certified mediator to address this very important need. As a small business owner himself, Killough understands firsthand the need for cost effective resolutions.

Who we are – How we can help:

Riley Pope & Laney’s Registered Patent Attorneys provide legal services, counseling and representation in the highly specialized and regulated areas of patent law. Their 90+ combined years working and teaching in this area of the law translates to a reputation as leaders in the patent field in South Carolina and beyond.

As engineers they have the ability to discuss the intricacies of inventions with creators. In litigation, it is important that our attorneys have the ability to discuss the intricacies of inventions with engineers and scientists, and also have the ability to relate that information to the layperson sitting in a jury.

As business owners, they understand risk, value propositions and return on investment. In your instance, does it make sense to litigate? Can we come to a resolution in a more cost effective manner, such as the use of administrative procedures or alternative dispute resolution?

B.C. Killough is a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a peer-selected honorary society of 3,500 trial lawyers. Less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers are LCA Fellows. He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Institute, a national group of Intellectual Property litigators. Bill is a monthly contributor to the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Circuit Case Digest and South Carolina’s contributor to Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law, Intellectual Property and Technology. He is a certified mediator and a member of the International Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Our core group of Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property attorneys not only know these areas of the law, Ernest “Lip” Lipscomb literally “wrote the book” on patent law: Lipscomb’s Walker on Patents (11 volumes) and Lipscomb’s Patent Claims (4 volumes). Lipscomb’s Walker on Patents has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

With degrees in engineering, experience as a patent examiner, an expert witness, as law professors, and more than 90 combined years working in this area of the law; Riley Pope & Laney Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property Law attorneys have experience in patent acquisition, prosecution and proceedings in not only the United States, but also in the U.K., Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia.

Riley Pope & Laney attorneys take client services seriously, working to advance each individual client’s business goals in the most efficient, cost efficient, manner possible. Our areas of practice include a broad range of technologies to include:

  • Mechanical
  • Computer Technology
  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Devices
  • Information Technology
  • Electromechanical Devices
  • and more.

Other resources and related areas:

USPTO Patent FAQs
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights – what’s the difference?
Intellectual property
Patent law
Trademark law
Trade Secrets