High Court Asked To Limit Juries' Role In Patent Suits

Law360, New York (August 17, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT) -- Medela Holding AG, which is locked in a long-running patent spat with Kinetic Concepts Inc. over wound-healing vacuum technology, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case challenging the ability of juries to determine important patent validity issues such as obviousness.

In a petition for a writ of certiorari filed Aug. 13, Medela said the unpredictability introduced by jurors attempting to rule on legal issues such as obviousness is not good for the patent system.

“Law students are not supposed to learn patent obviousness...
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