Cal. Litig. 2015, Volume 28, Number 2

Demystifying Patent Litigation

By Michael I. Rothwell

Michael I. Rothwell

Patent litigation can be a complex process, often relying upon idiosyncratic terms such as "Markman," "obviousness," and "anticipation." To most non-patent attorneys, this definitional divide may create the impression that patent disputes entail highly-specialized (and unknowable) procedures. Though undoubtedly specialized, many of the core attributes found in a typical civil litigation are also found in patent litigation. This article explains some of the fundamental precepts underlying patent litigation, hopefully demystifying patent disputes.

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