Infringement analysis is done to ascertain whether a process or product infringes upon a patent claim. Our infringement analysis reports include a thorough analysis based on the legal principles of literal infringement and infringement based on doctrine of equivalence.
A product or process may infringe a patent claim under literal infringement or doctrine of equivalence. Under the principle of literal infringement, a claim is infringed if every element of the claim is found in the accused product or process. Under doctrine of equivalence, a claim is infringed if the accused product or process performs substantially the same function in substantially the same way to obtain the same result as that of the patented product or process, even when there is no literal infringement.