IP Master Class: Trans-Border Patent Infringement Under U.S. Law

September 13, 2005

While globalization may be eroding the significance of national borders from a business perspective, their significance from the perspective of U.S. patent law remains considerable.  Several recent decisions, such as the Federal Circuit’s rulings in NTP, Inc. v. Research in Motion, Ltd.; AT&T Corp. v. Microsoft Corporation; and Eolas Technologies, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, highlight important issues for patent owners and their competitors – ranging from whether one infringes a method claim if it is practiced across borders, to what triggers 35 U.S.C. § 271(f) liability in the software context for “supply[ing]” from the U.S. to others abroad a “component” of a patented invention.  In this IP Master Class, our speakers will discuss developments in this evolving body of U.S. law, and their potential significance for global businesses.