Offshore Patent


If someone in the US holds a very broad patent on a web based process in the US, is it possible to create an offshore company to circumvent the existing patent? What are the possible repercussions of it?

Patent Offshore

asked Feb 15 '12 at 08:23
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It's a questionable issue for the patent holder but if they decide to pursue it they may have a leg to stand on just see Apple vs. .... For some statistics and more information you can take a look at this article

answered Feb 15 '12 at 08:44
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Us patents protect inventors in the US, not in foreign countries. That is why for important products companies will file patents not only in the US but in the European Union, Japan etc. as well.

If your offshore company does not do business in the US, only in some country like Bhuthan or Cuba that does not have patent treaties with the US you will probably be fine.

On the other hand if your goal is to do business in the US infringing on a solid patent owned by a company like IBM or Microsoft, simply having a company overseas will do little to protect you.

answered Feb 15 '12 at 11:28
Jonny Boats
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  • I think this is not correct. If only one requirement in a system described in a patent is done outside of the US, then you are not in violation of the patent. The patent system is designed for physical things where this is impossible to circumvent, but for digital services, it *is* possible. IANAL. – User239558 11 years ago

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