The Use of Use for Patented Systems

by Dolly Wu
14 Colum. Sci. & Tech. L. Rev.  514 (Published August 9, 2013)


Inventive technological systems for communications, networks, businesses, and manufacturing are advancing at breakneck speeds.  And yet, U.S. patent laws are only beginning to catch up with and address the infringement of such patented systems.  The standard for infringing “use” of a claimed system still requires further clarification, and there remain potential pitfalls for the patentee-plaintiff who asserts infringing “use.”


About the Author

Ms. Wu is an IP attorney working at GE Critical Power and formerly at patent assertion entities.  She received a B.A. in physics from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in high-energy physics from California Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University. She thanks Levis H. Perry, senior IP attorney at Texas Instruments Inc., for providing many useful comments. Mr. Perry and Ms. Wu have worked extensively on adverse licensing matters.  The opinions expressed in the article reflect that of the authors and not necessarily that of General Electric Co. or Texas Instruments Inc.


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