August 22, 2013
The Appleton business law attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that patents protect people or businesses from the use of their unique products or concepts by unauthorized individuals or businesses. Patent holders can file civil litigation against those who commit infringement on their patents.
A case involving patent infringement was recently settled between two companies in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin. According to an article published in the Fort Mills Times, Stemina Biomarker Discovery and Metabolon, Inc. are both companies that focus on identifying biological markers in humans that may indicate genetic predispositions to certain conditions.
The companies were using similar technologies and processes to identify potential diseases in their test subjects, which forced the companies into litigation regarding who had rights to use the technology. However, a settlement was reached before the case could go to trial. This allowed both companies to move forward and continue their work.
Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Burkham are aware of how complicated business disputes can be and the damaging effects they can have on business owners. That is why the firm argues it is vital for businesses to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney if they find themselves in a patent dispute with another company.