|Merpel asks "What if"...|
During patent infringement proceedings, the patentee (who is an SME and not in a dominant position) comes across a killer piece of prior art that would destroy the patent. Assume that the defendant, a huge multi-national, will not find it (e.g. because it is a prior use by the patentee that no-one remembers), that there is no obligation to give disclosure and that the defendant will not obtain a disclosure order. The patent has only a few years left on its life but winning the case is vital to the company’s survival. If the defendant loses, it will have no material effect on its business. Assume that no settlement is possible apart from walking away from the action with no order as to costs.
If you were the patentee company, what would you do?
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