Intellectual Property

What Is Infringement?

Patents protect your invention from others from making, using, selling or offering for sale unauthorized copies. Having patent rights to your invention allows you to protect your work from infringers — those who are trying to copy your intellectual property.

If you are seeking to protect a patent, you need a team of patent litigation attorneys with experience in complex intellectual property rights cases.

At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, Texas, our firm has more than 60 years of experience representing inventors, businesses and entrepreneurs in protecting patent rights. We routinely represent individuals in the prosecution of cases for misappropriation of patents or patent infringement. To learn how we can help you protect your invention, call 713-396-3602 (toll free 800-653-0239) or e-mail our office to set up a free consultation.

We will protect your intellectual property rights and interests to ensure the security of your future profits. Whether you wish to get an injunction to stop the use of your invention, are seeking damages through a lawsuit or would like a license agreement so that you collect royalties, we know how to get results.

Vigorously Pursuing Patent Infringement

Not every lawyer or law firm can handle a complicated patent infringement case. From beginning to end, patent litigation requires a big commitment of time, energy and money. The discovery process in a patent case will typically involve taking numerous depositions from the inventor, anyone involved with the licensing or selling the patented device, the attorney who prosecuted the patent, experts and others.

The technical aspects of a patent case can be daunting, the pretrial work extensive and the expenses significant. Statistics show that an average patent case in the Eastern District of Texas costs between $4 million and $6 million to take all the way through trial.

The good news is that at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, our attorneys are skilled in patent protection and litigation. We know the importance of protecting your intellectual property rights. We are experienced in preparing compelling cases against patent infringers and will take every necessary step to ensure that your rights are protected.

We have experience handling patent litigation cases involving:

  • Patent infringement
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Patent protection disputes
  • Licensing defense and licensing agreements
  • Patent prosecution
  • Trade secret protection
  • Machinery
  • Methods
  • Component parts

Texas Is a Popular Venue in Patent Litigation

The patent laws provide that a patent lawsuit can be brought anywhere that an infringing product is offered or sold. Because Texas is so large, you can usually locate infringement in the state. Texas, specifically the Eastern District of Texas, has become the No. 1 venue for prosecuting plaintiffs patent cases. In fact, roughly one-third of all patent cases are filed in the Eastern District of Texas.

There is a very specific set of local rules in the Eastern District for patent cases — these promote early disclosures, complete document production and relatively quick trials. We know these rules inside and out and have successfully pursued several patent cases in this district.

Experienced Patent Litigation Attorneys

Our attorneys have successfully handled claims regarding patent infringements and trade secret protection. If you believe that someone is infringing on your patent, we will assist you in developing appropriate licensing agreements so that you can collect what is owed to you under your patent.

We are sympathetic to the lives of inventors and others who pour their creative talents into their work. Our attorneys will work to protect your creative and experimental endeavors so that you can protect your security, your business and your future creations. For a free consultation, call 713-396-3602 (toll free 800-653-0239) or contact our office online.