Case Study: Princo Corp. V. ITC

Law360, New York (April 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT) -- On March 3, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in the en banc rehearing of Princo Corp. v. Int’l Trade Comm’n, 563 F.3d 1301 (Fed. Cir. 2009), which addressed whether certain patent-pool licensing practices constitute patent misuse. The Federal Circuit’s decision has potentially significant implications for patent holders that want to license their patents through pools for use in industry standards, or to engage in other joint conduct concerning related patent rights.

Overview

Princo involves a patent pool administered...
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