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About Patents

Patents are abstract legal constructs and and they are difficult to understand for non-lawyers. On these pages we provide information about patents, the patent system and research in the area of intellectual property. Patents are often considered to be a kind of "permission" to produce a particular product. However, → patents in actuality represent the right to prohibit, allowing the patent holder to forbid others from distributing the protected technology. In addition, patents play an increasingly important role as intangible assets, their value (which can be substantial) being determined in the course of the → patent valuation.

Patente sind abstrakt und die in ihnen enthaltenen Informationen für Nichtjuristen schwer nachvollziehbarPrior to the product development process, when patenting an invention, as part of patent litigation or for internal risk assessment, different kinds of → intellectual property research is performed. Often, the objective is to determine the → prior art or to perform a → freedom to operate analysis, in which patents are identified that could impede market introduction of a product.

The →  quality of the proprietary rights is of fundamental importance in the patent system. Patent experts see a degree of → imbalance in the present patent system. The number of patent applications is constantly increasing, the quality of those applications is declining and the quality of the awarded patents becoming less reliable. As a result, a growing number of potentially invalid patents are granted with serious → consequences for the concerned companies. There are a number of → approaches to address these shortcomings. Blue Patent's objective as a commercial research platform is to create greater transparency and bring increased efficiency in the patent system.