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How can “non-infringement” be an “affirmative defense” in patent litigation?

This question might be rather academic. It is about patent litigation which is related to the US patent system. If a patent owner thinks, his patent is being infringed, the patent owner may choose to ...
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What happens if a developer cannot pay the litigation costs?

Let's say a small software developer simply does not have enough money to pay the extreme costs of a patent infringement lawsuit. What happens in this case? Situation B: Let's assume the software is ...
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What patents are being used by Lodsys to go after small iOS developers?

What patents are being used by the patent troll Lodsys LLC to go after small iOS developers who take advantage of Apple's in-app purchase functionality?
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Can 'my own' published application be used against 'my newer application' on the ground of 'prior-art'?

We have applied for a patent, it is published by 'PATENTSCOPE' of WIPO 7 months ago. It is presently with the International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA). The basis of invention is ...
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What can I do about an infringer if I'm a small independent inventor?

I'm a small-scale independent inventor with few resources and have a patent that I believe is being infringed by a large company. I fear that if I approach the company on my own, I will have little ...