Texas inventors might discover that there is a market for their ideas and/or products outside the country. Some patented material needs to be protected beyond the borders of the United States. This is where international patent law can be useful.
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Numerous people use TiVo to record their favorite shows so they can watch them later. The DVR pioneer patents the technology used to achieve this. When the company discovered that Samsung was using some of its patents to create its DVRs approximately a year ago, it filed patent law claims against Samsung here in Texas.
It might seem to a Texas inventor that coming up with a "million dollar idea" is the easy part. Patenting that idea or invention can be a long and arduous process. If the relevant aspects of patent law are not followed, a valid patent might not be issued, which means that anyone can take the idea without any compensation to the inventor or permission to use it.