About the Author
Brent K. Yamashita is a partner at DLA Piper, and a patent litigator with experience in computer hardware and software, semiconductors, storage systems and devices, communication systems, networking, and mobile devices.
Reading a patent and realizing your company potentially may be infringing it can lead to a finding of willful infringement in court, whereby the judge can triple any damages award against your company.
Legal departments often grapple with the issue of how to review a competitor’s patents without stepping into a hornet’s nest of increased liability.
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