Loren Donald Pearson

Loren Donald Pearson is a Registered Patent Attorney and a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney.  He is a partner at Assouline & Berlowe, PA and leads its intellectual property group.  Read his profile

 
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Tuesday
Jan282014

Blocking patents? Cross License!

Blocking patents occur when a first business owns a patent for an underlying technology and a second company owns a patent for an improvement to the underlying technology.  In such situations, neither company can practice the improvement without infringing.  The patents block each other from using the invention: hence the term, "Blocking Patents." 

The common resolution of the situation is to enter a cross-license for the improved technology.

The New York Times article titled, "Google and Samsung Sign Broad Cross-Licensing Agreement," discussed an example of a cross-license agreement between two competitors who found a mutually beneficial agreement to proceed.