Name: Baker Botts L.L.P.
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Profile: Baker Botts L.L.P., founded in 1840, is one of the oldest law firms in America. Our Firm’s lawyers serve clients through a network of offices in these cities: Houston, Dallas, Aust.
Practice Areas: Corporate, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Tax, Technology and Science, Trial.
Location: New York (New York Co.)
United States patent law: In the U.S., a patent is a right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, exporting components to be assembled into an infringing device outside the U.S., importing the product of a patented process practiced outside the U.S., inducing others to infringe, offering a product specially adapted for practice of the patent, and a few other very carefully defined categories. The distinctions between what patent rights include are complex. For example, merely thinking about an invention or drawing a diagram is not an infringement. Likewise, research for “purely philosophical” inquiry is not an infringement. Sometimes, this analysis can be much more sophisticated and difficult: research directed to commercial purposes may be an infringement—but may not be when the research is directed toward obtaining approval of the Food and Drug Administration for introduction of a generic version of a patented drug.

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