US Patent Law Stuck Stateside

Law360, New York (June 18, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT) -- The past 20 years have seen a progressive shift in economic activity, particularly manufacturing, away from the United States, Japan and Europe and to developing countries.[1] More and more inventions conceived in the West are being exploited in developing countries, often with no royalty payments to the inventors or their assignees.

U.S. patent law has been slow to recognize these realities and to extend U.S. patent protection to “infringing” activities abroad, perhaps out of fear that other countries will follow suit and attempt to enforce their...
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