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Patents without Borders: Extraterritoriality in U.S. Patent Law
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Law and Politics

Event Details

Law and Technology Centre
Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

Title: Patents without Borders: Extraterritoriality in U.S. Patent Law
Speaker: Professor Sapna Kumar (George Butler Research Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center (UHLC))
Time: 1pm - 2pm
**Venue changed to Room 723, Small Moot Court, 7/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, HKU**

Abstract: Under the presumption against extraterritoriality, a court will assume that legislation applies only inside the United States, unless Congress expresses clear intent to the contrary. But what happens when a patent is violated inside the United States, but the damages are extraterritorial? In her presentation, Professor Kumar will discuss the territorial limits of U.S. patent law. She will argue that presumption was established to prevent U.S. law from applying to acts that commence and occur wholly outside the United States and was not intended to cover situations where harm flows from an act of domestic patent infringement. Professor Kumar proposes that courts employ a more flexible balancing test that can account for the interests of other countries.

About the speaker: Professor Sapna Kumar is a George Butler Research Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center and is co-director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law. She is the author of several important law review articles, including Regulating Digital Trade (Florida Law Review) and Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Genetic Information (Alabama Law Review). Professor Kumar is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Date/Time12/01/2017 13:00-14:00
VenueRoom 723, Small Moot Court, 7/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, HKU

Registration Instruction

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