Global Patents

Marketa Trimble · ISBN 9780199840687
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Publisher Oxford University Press USA
Author(s) Marketa Trimble
Subtitle Limits of Transnational Enforcement
Published 26th April 2012
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Limits of Transnational Enforcement

Explains the absence of a global patent, identifies the associated problems, analyzes solutions that have been proposed to mitigate the absence of a global patent, and suggests where the future of global patenting and patent enforcement might be headed
Analyzes existing options for extraterritorial enforcement of a single-country patent
Discusses problems of global patent enforcement, including a review of historical developments, and original statistical data
Focuses on the United States and Germany, the two most significant patent litigation venues, and provides a side-by-side comparative analysis of the extraterritorial features of the two countries' patent laws
Provides an extensive bibliography, original statistical data, and building blocks for analysis that may facilitate further researchIn today's globalized economy, many inventors, investors and businesses want their inventions to be protected in many, if not most, countries. However, there currently exists no single patent that will protect an invention globally, and despite the attempts in international treaties to simplify patenting, the process remains complicated, lengthy, and expensive. Furthermore, the necessity of enforcing patents in multiple countries exists without any possibility of concentrating in one location any parallel proceedings that concern the same invention and the same parties, thus making the maintenance of parallel patents infeasible.Global Patents: Limits of Transnational Enforcement, by Marketa Trimble, explains why the absence of a "global patent" persists, and discusses the events in the 140-year history of patent law internationalization that have shaped the solutions. The author analyzes the ways in which patent holders attempt to mitigate the problems that arise from the lack of global patent protection. One way is to concentrate enforcement in one court of patents granted in multiple countries, which makes the enforcement of the patents less costly and more consistent. Another way is to attempt to use the litigation of a single country patent to reach acts that occur outside the country, which can mitigate the lack of patent protection outside the country. However, both the concentration of proceedings and extraterritorial enforcement suffer from significant limitations. Global Patents explains these limitations and presents the solutions that have been proposed to address them. The book includes a thorough comparative analysis of the extraterritorial features of U.S. and German patent laws, and original statistics on U.S. patent litigation. Based on a comprehensive treatment of the various facets of transnational enforcement challenges, the author proposes the next stage of patent law internationalization.
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