Beyond Borders: How U.S. Patent and Copyright Laws Can Reach Transactions That Occur Entirely Outside U.S. Borders

Historically, the patent and copyright laws had no extraterritorial effect and could not be utilized to reach conduct occurring entirely outside the United States. Over time, however, as the global marketplace has expanded, economic activity beyond our borders has had an increasingly greater impact on the economy within our borders. In response, statutory amendments and judicial precedent have gradually extended the reach of U.S. law to encompass situations where conduct outside the U.S. contributes to the infringement of intellectual property rights within the Unites States.

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