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Divided Infringement Claims


Mark A. Lemley


Stanford Law School

David W. O'Brien


Zagorin O'Brien Graham LLP

Ryan M. Kent


Keker & Van Nest LLP

Ashok Ramani


Keker & Van Nest LLP

Robert Van Nest


Keker & Van Nest LLP


American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, Vol. 33, 255, 2005
Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 100

Abstract:     
Patent law is territorial. It is also designed to deal with the circumstance of unified infringement by a single actor. But modern commerce is not limited by national boundaries or by corporate forms. Patents written to cover modern technologies, particularly network computing technologies, are attempting to bring the distributed acts of different users around the globe into the ambit of a territorial legal system that looks for a single infringer. Not surprisingly, the effort to do so has created significant problems for patent cases.

Two of those problems are the subject of our article. They involve what we call divided or distributed patent claims - claims that are infringed only by aggregating the conduct of more than one actor, or aggregating conduct that occurs in more than one country. Patent law doesn't deal well with either class of divided patent claim. Prosecutors and litigators need to be aware of these problems in order to most effectively represent their clients.

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Date posted: December 20, 2004  

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Lemley, Mark A. and O'Brien, David W. and Kent, Ryan M. and Ramani, Ashok and Van Nest, Robert, Divided Infringement Claims. American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, Vol. 33, 255, 2005; Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 100. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=628241 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.628241

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Mark A. Lemley (Contact Author)
Stanford Law School ( email )
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States
David W. O'Brien
Zagorin O'Brien Graham LLP ( email )
7600B N. Capital of Texas Hwy.
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Ryan M. Kent
Keker & Van Nest LLP ( email )
710 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States
Ashok Ramani
Keker & Van Nest LLP ( email )
710 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States
Robert Van Nest
Keker & Van Nest LLP ( email )
710 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States
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