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When considering enforcing patent rights through litigation, it is important to remember that a patent grants a negative right to its owner. In other words, a patent prevents others from making use of the protected innovation. In order to optimize the results and enhance the outcomes of any enforcement actions, companies must have realistic and practical expectations. Almost all patent litigation settles before the outcome of a trial. This is ultimately a proper result since all patent disputes at their heart are business disputes. They are about money and achieving an enhanced competitive position in the marketplace. As such, personal animus should have no place in the dispute.

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