I am relatively new to the world of patenting and IPs, and I had a quick question for the following hypothetical scenario. Say that I submitted a patent only to find out later that someone else has filed a claim of infringement against me. Let's say that I haven't made any money off of the patent, nor have I developed, mass-manufactured, or sold the described product. However, tragically, the original holder does have a valid claim, and it does clearly appear that I have accidentally committed patent infringement.
What's the worst that could happen, and what would most likely happen? There aren't really any damages because I haven't made a profit off the patented invention, right? Could I be sued or forced to pay litigation costs? Or would I just have to arrange for my patent to get revoked? I guess one of my main concerns is: Would I have to pay some amount of money?
Would someone even bother to file a claim of infringement against me if I haven't even brought a competing product to market?
Thank you in advance! I apologize if the question is confusing or if I used improper patent litigation lingo.