Meet Blank Rome—How to Defend against Patent Trolls without Breaking the Bank

Mainbrace (June 2015, No. 3)

Patent trolls—those who seek to enforce patent rights, but do not actually manufacture or supply services based on the patents—are a problem in all industries, including the shipping industry. And as the pace of innovation in shipping continues to accelerate in areas such as environmental compliance, electronic navigation, vessel design, construction and operation, offshore construction and exploration, and cargo logistics management, claims by patent trolls are sure to rise.

This article by Kenneth L. Bressler, Christopher K. Hu, and Thomas H. Belknap, Jr, partners at Blank Rome, is one in a series of articles written for Blank Rome Maritime's quarterly Mainbrace newsletter. To view the other articles in the June 2015 edition of Mainbrace, please click here