Over the past few decades, the emergence of private companies pursuing space exploration proves that venturing into the final frontier is no longer exclusive to government-run operations. From satellites to rocket boosters, billions of dollars worth of private property flies into space every year. However, the expansion of these private companies creates unique jurisdictional challenges for patenting private inventions and processes in outer space. This comment examines what jurisdictional claims and remedies arise when a private third-party commits patent infringement in an outer space jurisdiction that did not issue the patent.
Bill Warners, Patents 254 Miles Up: Jurisdictional Issues Onboard the International Space Station, 19 UIC REV. INTELL. PROP. L. 365 (2020)