Journal of Intellectual Property Law


The goal of this Note will be to take up where the Court left off in WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp. and provide an adequate answer to the question of how the presumption against extraterritoriality affects patents. First, I will provide background on the history of patents, the presumption against extraterritoriality, and the WesternGeco LLC case. Next, I will contend that the Patent Act does not rebut the presumption against extraterritoriality. In light of this interpretation, I will argue that Congress should not rewrite the law so as to rebut the presumption because to do so would extend the reach of sovereignty beyond its reasonable limit.