Import Bans On Essential Patents Must Be Rare, Officials Say

Law360, New York (July 11, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT) -- As a U.S. trade agency weighs Google Inc.'s bid to ban imports of Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox, government officials told lawmakers at a congressional hearing Wednesday that products found to infringe standard-essential patents should be barred from the market only in rare instances.

Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee did not raise the possibility of legislation to prevent owners of patents needed for industry standards from seeking injunctions or import bans on products found to infringe, but noted that the prospect of...
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