About

Overview

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.

 

About

Overview

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.

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Our Values

We do not believe that anyone should pay royalties for patents that should never have been granted. We are committed to eliminating bad patents. We support innovators and believe that bad patents are impediments to real innovation.

 

While we regard ourselves as ‘anti-trolls’, we do not restrict our activities to working against patent-licensing companies. Rather, we view anyone who seeks an injunction without a proper assessment of validity as a patent-troll regardless of their standing in the industry.

 
 
 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Client confidentiality is a cornerstone of our service. We do everything possible to protect the identities of our clients. Client identities are handled internally on a ‘need to know’ basis. All client computer records are secure and encrypted.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Our People

Sharaz Gill

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.

 

Our People

Sharaz Gill

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.

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Areas of Practice

Litigation

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.

 

 

Mediation

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.

 

 

Strategic Advice

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.

 

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.

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Strategic Advice

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Industry sectors

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.

 

Other Areas

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.

 
 

Contact

Contact us

Email: info@skepsis-telecom.com

Phone: +971 (0) 56 7999712

 

Address

Skepsis Telecom

Office 314, Building 12

Dubai Internet City Freezone

Dubai, UAE