There are troubling signs of an “efficient infringement” model within large companies that knowingly trespass on smaller companies’ patents. Not only is it a strategic business decision, but according to this great article it is a duty that falls upon managers to enrich the company’s stockholders!
But this all seems to beg the question(s). What does compliance have to say about all this? Should compliance jump in early to assess ethics and other strategic options, such as cooperation and taking a license? Should compliance take a 360 perspective and advise management accordingly? What role does compliance have when it comes to patent infringement?