Stanford Technology Law Review

The Stanford Technology Law Review (STLR) strives to present well-rounded analyses of the legal, business, and policy issues that arise at the intersection of intellectual property law, science and technology, and industry. STLR publishes exclusively online, providing timely coverage of emerging issues to its readership base of legal academics and practitioners. 

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Ripple Effects in the Law: The Broadening Meaning of "Offer to Sell" in Patent Law

Lucas S. Osborn

The law’s complexity is such that even apparently minor changes can have numerous “ripple” effects. This Article examines the ripple effects from a potential broadening of patent law’s definition of an infringing “offer to sell.” Currently, courts limit “offers” to formal, contract-law offers; but a policy analysis suggests that “offers” should include advertisements and other promotions, which harm patentees via price erosion.... Read more about Ripple Effects in the Law: The Broadening Meaning of "Offer to Sell" in Patent Law

  • September 15, 2014
  • 17 Stan. Tech. L. Rev.