“Evidence of Use (EoU) is a type of analysis designed to protect the IP and related interests of patent holders and investors. Its primary goals are to identify products, processes, or services in the marketplace that potentially infringe on the patent in question and to evaluate the strength of the patent assertion campaign……Besides identifying likely and potential infringers, EoU can also give an indication of a patent’s future potential, provide information necessary for the creation of a sales or licensing agreement, and help patent owners build a viable and sustainable R&D plan.”
What is the difference between "likely" and "potential" here? Does “potential” mean the entity will grow to become an infringer? How is it different from “likely”?
I originally asked the question here https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/likely-and-potential-infringers.3613204/#post-18401117, but was still confused. Could you help me?
1 used to indicate the chance that something will happen
2 seeming to be true : BELIEVABLE
3 always used before a noun : seeming to be right or suited for a purpose
capable of becoming real : POSSIBLE