我们以客户的名义於欧洲主要的专利法域 (英国丶德国和荷兰)进行专利彻销诉讼，客户亦可选择匿名。我们提供全方位服务包含现有技术检索丶寻找专家以及诉讼案件管理。欧盟统一专利法院(UPC) 成立後，我们也会纳入我们的服范围。
Skepsis Telecom董事经理兼创办人直至最近，夏锐担任宏达电 (HTC) EMEA地区专利诉讼和许可负责人。其职责为监督管理欧洲跨国专利诉讼案件。夏锐参与了所谓的「行动电话大战」中的重点战役，包含Qualcommm与 Nokia丶IPCom 与 HTC丶Apple 与 HTC丶Nokia 与 HTC 以及 HTC 与 Gemalto.
夏锐在英国的惠普 (Hewlett-Packard) 欧洲研究室担任研究人员展开其职业生涯。夏锐在法国和德国完成两年的工程硕士学位後， 随即以专利审查官一职加入位於荷兰海牙的欧洲专利局。他接着成功取得英国和欧洲专利律师资格，随後取得英国和威尔士律师执业资格。夏锐过去身为欧洲专利审查官丶专利代理人丶诉讼律师以及许可专员累积了丰富的经验，正因如此，夏锐能够提供独到且专业的意见给各公司以应付欧洲专利界的各项挑战。
Skepsis Telecom 为专利撤销公司并致力於协助制造商对付市场上满坑满谷的电信电脑相关劣质专利。实际上，在所谓的「行动电话大战」曾经被主张过的专利，幸存英国专利法院的撤销程序寥寥无几。
许多大公司坐拥成千上万的专利，其中大量的专利为标准制定组织 (SSO) 如欧洲电信标准协办会 (ETSI) 所采用之各种通讯标准。虽然这些专利大部份极可能无效，但鉴於欧洲法院体制的缺陷，他们仍对於制造商构成严重的威胁。尤其是在德国，法院授予禁制令前并不充分考量专利的有效性。此外，欧盟提倡的统一专利法院 (UPC) 将来可以不考量专利有效性即核发全欧洲禁制令。若制造商因此被迫退出重点市场如德国实在得不偿失，更别说退出整个欧盟市场。这种情形往往导致制造商被迫购买他们不想要或不需要的专利。而付出巨额权利金对於一家公司的整体利润及研发经费有着直接的影响。
• 最大的好处是：我们不收取服务费。若我们成功撤销专利，我们将从专利权人收回成本。若没能撤销专利，我们不收取任何费用。简单明了。 simple.
Prior Art Search Service
Phone: +971 (0) 56 7999712
Office 314, Building 12
Dubai Internet City Freezone
Telecoms and Computers
We have unparalleled experience in revoking telecoms and computers patents in the English and German courts. Our extensive network of lawyers and experts means that you get access to the most respected patent law firms and technical experts in Europe, at a preferential rates.
Our lawyers and experts have experience in litigating in many other areas, from mechanical devices to pharmaceuticals and bio-tech. While these are not our main areas of business, we are always happy to explore confidentially with you how we might assist in dealing with such patents.
We conduct patent revocation actions in the courts of the principal patent jurisdictions in Europe: United Kingdom, Germany and The Netherlands on behalf of our clients, who have the option of remaining anonymous. We offer a full-service which includes the identification of prior art, sourcing of experts and day-to-day conduct of the litigation.
We will increase our scope to cover the proposed Unified Patents Court, when the court becomes operational.
While our main area of expertise is litigation, at Skepsis we recognize that this is not always the right approach and there may be alternative ways to resolve disputes between patent-owners and potential licensees. We therefore also offer a mediation service. Our mediators are all highly-experienced patent-professionals and accredited.
Patent portfolio analysis
As the mobile space evolves, many of the traditional manufacturers have been unable to compete, meaning that their patent-portfolios have become the subject of acquisitions. Not all portfolios are of the same value, and in order to ensure that patent acquisitions are effective and able to deliver an appropriate return on investment, portfolios need to be analysed properly. Law firms are often entrusted with this work, as are firms of consulting-engineers. These solutions are less than optimal as neither lawyers nor technical-experts are able to assess the strategic value of portfolios.
Skepsis offers a service whereby we integrate a full technical and legal analysis of portfolios with a strategic assessment. This enables our clients to make a truly informed choice.
If your needs are simpler, we can offer validity assessments, and/or develop claims-charts as separate services.
We integrate extensive experience of European and international patent-prosecution, litigation and licensing to give you the best strategic advice when it comes to building or monetizing a patent-portfolio.
Managing Director and founder of Skepsis Telecom.
Until recently, Sharaz was head of HTC’s patent litigation and licensing functions for the EMEA region. His main area of work was in European patent litigation, where he supervised multi-jurisdictional patent cases. Sharaz has been involved in most of the major battles of the so-called ‘mobile phone wars’, including Qualcomm v Nokia, IPCom v HTC, Apple v HTC, Nokia v HTC and HTC v Gemalto.
Sharaz started his professional career as a research-scientist at Hewlett-Packard’s European Research Labs in the UK. After two years of post-graduate engineering study in France and Germany, Sharaz joined the European Patent Office in The Hague, as an examiner. He went on to qualify as UK and European patent attorney and was subsequently called to the Bar of England and Wales.
His experience as a European patent-examiner, patent-prosecutor, litigator and licensing executive means that Sharaz can offer a unique insight into the challenges faced by companies operating in the European patent space.
Skepsis Telecom is a ‘strawman’ patent revocation company that assists manufacturers in dealing with the many bad European and national patents that have been granted in the telecoms and computers spaces.
It is a fact that, of all of the patents asserted in the so-called ‘mobile-phone wars’, only a tiny fraction have survived a revocation actions in the English Patents Court. As patent-owners usually only assert their strongest patents, this is a damning indictment of the European patent granting system.
Many large companies hold tens of thousands of patents, a significant number of which are essential to the various standards adopted by standards setting organizations (SSOs), such as ETSI. Despite the likely invalidity of most of these patents, they still pose a serious risk to manufacturers because of the shortcomings of the court systems in Europe. The German courts in particular do not consider validity fully before granting injunctions. The proposed Unified Patents Court will be capable of granting Europe-wide injunctions without considering the validity of patents. This can cause irreparable harm to businesses which cannot afford to abandon key markets, such as Germany, let alone the whole EU. As a result, manufacturers are all too often forced to take licences to patent portfolios that they neither want nor need. The royalties paid to license these patents result in lower profits and often reduced expenditure on R&D.
Skepsis is here to help. We offer a service whereby you give us the patent number or numbers that you are concerned about, and we will challenge the patents on your behalf. Our service includes a full technical and legal analysis including identification of any prejudicial pre-publications (so-called prior-art), and the conduct of any litigation. The benefits for you are enormous:
- Anonymity means that there is no risk of an infringement action against you.
- Your legal costs are immediately halved because you do not have to defend an infringement action.
- There is no case-management, discovery or disclosure burden on you, so you can devote more of your internal resources to real innovation.
- We deal in large volumes of litigation and so have preferential rates with key law firms and expert consultancies, meaning you save even more on your litigation costs.
- AND THE BEST PART, we do NOT charge you for our service. We recover costs from the patent-owner if we kill the patent. If we don’t kill it, we don’t get paid. It’s that simple.
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