Patenting your invention or idea is only the first step in protecting your hard work. Far too many inventors here in Texas have become the victims of unscrupulous competitors who take their inventions, modify them even slightly, and then market them without giving credit -- or paying royalties -- to the inventor. Fortunately, patent law attorneys help with more than just the application process.
The names Adidas and Under Armour are more than likely familiar to most people here in Texas. Until recently, the two companies were involved in patent law litigation. However, the parties were able to settle their differences without spending any more time or money litigating the matter.
Most Texas residents would never think of committing perjury (lying under oath) in court, considering the possible penalties -- which could include jail time. However, there are numerous cases each year across the country in which someone does just that. Recently, a patent law case between Merck and Gilead -- two pharmaceutical companies -- was reopened due to possible perjury by a Merck scientist.