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Offer For License Or Offer For Litigation?

Law360 (June 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- * The Good Old Days (for Patent Holders) *

For decades a patent owner has been free to correspond with potential licensees without the fear of a declaratory judgment action.

A patent holder could contact a potential licensee and detail an infringement case, and despite these acts—provided the patent holder did not overtly threaten litigation—a potential licensee would not be able to acquire declaratory judgment jurisdiction.

Thus, in the event the patent holder wanted to initiate litigation, it could select the timing of such litigation as...
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