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What We Do

VerifyIP is a company that provides frontman administrative services to law firms and their clients to anonymously file for invalidation of a European patent before a court or file an opposition anonymously before the EPO (European Patent Office). 

Litigation strategy

National rules on invalidity and infringement differ in Europe. In some jurisdictions, a party cannot invoke the invalidity of a patent as a defense in an infringement case. A court in another, authoritative, jurisdiction declaring the patent invalid, may fit in the litigation strategy of a party.

Why anonymous

Seeking invalidity of a patent anonymously helps prevent your market competitors from knowing that you are interested in their technology.

Infringement Claim

Seeking patent invalidation in court may result in the other party counterclaiming for infringement. To avoid that, a party may wish to claim anonymously.

Why VerifyIP?

We serve law firms and individual patent owners. We set up a corporate structure to be immediately ready to deliver strawman services. Use the contact form and we get in touch to explain how we work.

Our clients

Our clients and their counsel can focus on the legal and technical arguments, and we provide administrative support. Our main clients are European IP law firms that represent parties that seek revocation (or nullity or invalidity) or potentially threatening pates that they believe lack novelty or are not inventive.

EPO & European Courts

Our services relate to frontman services before European IP courts, with a focus on The Netherlands and Germany as well as on oppositions before the European Patent Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, VerifyIP is an independent business and is not connected or tied to any law firm or patent attorneys firm. We do not conduct litigation, nor do we file patent oppositions ourselves. We do not prosecute patent applications either. We only deliver services to enable companies and their legal advisors to file for nullity or file oppositions against patents without the need to make the ultimate beneficiary of those actions known (anonymously).

We provide a service by becoming the named party in a nullity action against one or more patents before a European IP Court or an opposition against a European Patent before the European Patent Office.

Once VerifyIP is being instructed we will go through the documentation that certifies the continuity of the frontman for as long as the nullity actions last. Legal mechanisms are in place to guarantee continuity.

There can be different reasons to do that.

  • Firstly to prevent a company fall victim to a counterclaim for patent infringement.
  • Furthermore, international patent litigation may benefit if a nullity action is filed in another jurisdiction than where the infringement action takes place. Additional strategic advantages can be achieved if this action is done by a frontman (anonymously).
  • Opposing a patent before the EPO anonymously may prevent alerting market competitors from knowing that you are interested in their technology.
  • When in licensing negotiations (or intentions to do so) filing a nullity or opposing anonymously may allow you to influence the outcome of those negotiations.
  • Sometimes it is desirable to file arguments in a court proceeding anonymously or via a frontman company that, for whatever reason, would not be beneficial to your legal position in another case.
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Even Famous Patents Can Be Invalidated

Even famous patents can be invalidated or nullified because they lack novelty or “inventive step”

Edison Light Bulb Patent

The Light Bulb

Some well-known patents were invalidated when contested by competitors in court. We all know the invention of the light bulb, for which William Sawyer and Albon Man together obtained a patent.

Courts can invalidate patent claims that are “too broad” insofar as the inventor did not really possess all the claimed technology. A famous example concerns patents on the light bulb. Thomas Edison was not the first inventor of the incandescent light bulb. He had many competitors, and his light bulb built on many earlier contributions.

William Sawyer and Albon Man together obtained a light bulb patent before Edison achieved his famous invention and they sued Edison. Their patent claimed a light bulb with a “conductor of carbon, made of fibrous or textile material.” Edison made a light bulb with a bamboo filament that fell within the language of the broad Sawyer and Man claim. The court ruled in favor of Edison because Sawyer and Man had actually only made a light bulb using carbonized paper as a filament. They did not make light bulbs with other filaments drawn from the wide range of fibrous and textile carbon-based filaments—in fact, most of those filaments would not work. 

Nespresso Coffee Cups

The coffee pod market started with Nespresso cups launched in 1986 by the Swiss company Nestlé. The idea was born when Eric Favre, a Nestlé engineer, visited a particularly popular Italian espresso bar in 1975. Nespresso had originally registered around 1,700 patents around the coffee machine and coffee cups. The story of the success of the Nespresso capsule is one of fierce competition and numerous legal battles. After years of very successful marketing supported by intellectual property, competition started to try to invalidate the most important

Nespresso Cups

Growing number of patent applications

From the European Patent Office: Patent filings at the EPO were up 4.5, a significate rebound after the slight dip seen in 2020. Innovation in digital and healthcare technologies was the main driver of growth. Audio visual technology and semiconductors surged, as did patent applications from China – up 24.0% in 2020. (source: EPO Patent Statistics 2021)

Source: EPO Data-EPO Patent Index 2021

Number of patent applications filed around the world (WIPO) 2019
percentage of patent filings at China Patent Office (WIPO, 2019)
Number of patent applications received by EPO in 2021 (EPO Data)
Number of European patent applications filed for The Netherlands

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What people say about us

"VerifyIP is a welcome new services for the patent litigation practice. We have been looking for a frontman service for some time and we are happy that we found VerifyIP to fill that need"
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Partner International IP Law Firm, France
"After thorough research we come to the conclusion that VerifyIP is the best partner in finding an anonymous patent litigation partner”

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Managing partner Patent Attorney firm, Germany
"Hands on, legally well thought out service. Much of the concerns of our client have been met by the service of VerifyIP. Strongly recommend them"

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