Jan 2012 – Development and Contours of Induced Patent Infringement

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wendy E. Miller, Esq., discussed the: “Development and Contours of Induced Patent Infringement” at Pfizer’s offices at 
235 East 42nd St., just east of Grand Central in New York City.

When indirect infringement was codified in the 1952 Patent Act, Congress recognized that it may occur by acts of contributory infringement, or by inducement, a broad provision designed to cover acts of indirect infringement which do not fall within the scope of contributory infringement.  Technological advances and the globalization of business have given rise to new circumstances, leading to new fact patterns for indirect infringement, and a need for the global legal community to more closely consider our laws of indirect infringement.

Ms. Miller is a partner at Cooper & Dunham LLP, celebrating her 22nd year in practice with the firm.  Ms. Miller has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Penn State and a J.D. from The George Washington University.  Her practice includes litigation, counseling, licensing and portfolio development in all areas of intellectual property, and trademark prosecution before the USPTO.  She has spoken on several occasions on the subject of indirect patent infringement and on intellectual property in general.

Ms. Miller was on the team representing SEB S.A. before the U.S. Supreme Court and in the lower courts in the case of Global-Tech Appliances v. SEB, 131 S.Ct. 2060 (2011).  Her discussion of indirect infringement on January 24th will focus on this case, and will include the development of the statutory scheme, how the legal community is managing the law generations after its enactment, and how other countries are dealing with the concept of indirect infringement.

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