In United States patent law, a claim of inequitable conduct is a defense to allegations of patent infringement. Even in an instance when a valid patent suffers infringement, a court ruling on an allegation of infringement may exercise its power of equitable discretion not to enforce the patent if the patentee (the patent owner) has engaged in inequitable conduct.
Famous quotes containing the word conduct:
“Sweet peace conduct his sweet soul to the bosom
Of good old Abraham!”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)