Patent Assessment and Due Diligence
Sidley lawyers frequently assist clients making a variety of types of business decisions concerning patents. Our lawyers have performed patent assessments in a wide variety of contexts, including both offensive or defensive litigation preparation, freedom to operate and other types of patent risk assessment, in- and out-licensing of patents, IP due diligence in merger or acquisition efforts, and patent assessments incidental to decisions to invest in product development. We have conducted patent assessments in virtually all fields of technology, including electronics, integrated circuits, computer hardware, software, networking, telecommunications, business methods, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, materials science and chemical manufacturing and process technologies.
Sidley lawyers draw upon their extensive litigation experience, their knowledge of the technology at issue, and their experience in patent law and practice when they assess patents for their clients. This enables our lawyers to provide insightful “real world” assessments of individual patents or entire patent estates. We believe this provides significant value to clients when they make business decisions based on those patents.