Patent Exploitation "Made in Germany"

    ST. GEORGEN, Germany, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - Economic experts expect up to 35,000
business failures in Germany in 2009. Intangible assets such as patents are
not sufficiently taken into account by many banks when making lending
decisions. This is proved by a new study by the KfW banking group. "A
misjudgement which can cost companies their existence. Active patent
management is essential to ensure it does not come to this and this is
especially true in times of economic crisis," says Daniel Papst, Patent
Attorney at Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG. "Successful patent exploitation can
prevent bankruptcy."
    For this reason, SMEs should no longer regard intellectual property
rights merely as an instrument to block competitors, rather they must view
them as a core element of an "offensive corporate strategy" - for example, in
order to tap into new markets. "In doing so, they require assistance.
Particularly if there is a risk of inability to make payments due to patent
infringements, it is vital to take early action," continues Papst. The expert
in patent exploitation knows exactly what he is talking about.
    His father's company, Papst Motoren, was subject to wide-scale patent
infringements. In the 1980s, competitors, above all in Asia, began to
illegally copy the patented drive motors of Papst Motoren GmbH & Co. KG and
dump them on the world market. The founder Georg Papst did not think that he
was in a position to be able to effectively proceed against the infringements
of his patents. In 1992, the house banks cancelled the line of credit and
Georg Papst had to sell his company. He invested the revenue from the sale, at
high risk, in buying back the around 600 patents and patent applications in
order to prosecute the infringements of them. He founded Papst Licensing GmbH
& Co. KG, bought the products of the infringers and examined them. If he were
able to ascertain patent infringement, he would call in licence fees from the
patent infringers. It was a David against Goliath battle. The
patent-infringing companies thought that they could sit out the problem and
that Georg Papst would run out of funds. However, he stuck to his guns and
took the case to court where necessary. This resulted in more than 140
licensing agreements with many well-known companies in the IT and electronics
    Today, Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG offers companies professional
prosecution services in the event of patent infringements. The aim is always
to agree a licensing agreement with patent infringers. "Particularly in the
case of companies facing bankruptcy, there is the risk that key patents will
be simply sold as fast as possible, instead of putting the company on a more
stable footing as a result of licence income generated at an early stage,"
concluded Papst.

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