Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2012


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Project Management

Course Number

ETM 545/645


Patent laws and legislation -- Case studies, Patents, Patent suits, Patent infringement, Small business -- Management


A patent infringement lawsuit against the SME (Small to Medium Enterprise). presents a difficult challenge for management. The manager is faced with either 1) paying a license fee, thus hurting the competitive position; or 2) paying outside counsel, thus incurring significant legal expenses and hurting the competitive position of the company.

This paper proposes a revised management model that shifts the task to inhouse counsel and engineers. The objective is to reduce cost and uncertainty for a SME involved in patent litigation by using relatively inexpensive in-house resources. Further it provides management with a degree of cost certainty by using in-house expertise in the initial phases of the case to reduce overall cost and to reduce the overall project cost.

This paper reviews one ongoing legal dispute involving a relatively simple technology (plastic magnifiers) and illustrates how, by using these techniques, litigation risk may be reduced over 60%.


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