3M, Others Urge US To Back High Infringement Standard

Law360, New York (December 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EST) -- 3M Co., Pfizer Inc., BP America Inc. and others are warning the U.S. Department of Justice that companies might curtail investments in new technologies if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns an appeals court decision that Microsoft Corp.'s flagship word-processing software infringes an i4i LP patent.

Permitting a lower standard of evidence on alleged patent infringement — the issue before the court — could have a chilling effect on patent holders who made investments with the assumption of a stronger standard, according to a letter submitted by...
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