As new technologies reshape the way business is conducted, the world becomes more interconnected. The advent of decentralized blockchain technology has created new opportunities to take advantage of the borderless nature of this technology. As with many new technologies, there has been a rush to obtain patent protection for innovations in this space. Contemporaneously, the US Supreme Court’s decision in WesternGeco v ION Geophysical (2018) has spurred interest in the role of extraterritoriality under US patent law. While the scope of US patent law is generally limited to domestic activities, specific situations exist where extraterritorial activities factor into infringement or damages analyses.
Featured in the World Intellectual Property Review, Goodwin Partner Frederick Rein, Associate Andrew Riley, and Science Law Clerk Vi Tran authored an article discussing extraterritoriality and infringement of blockchain claims. To read the full article, click here.