High Court Slams Federal Circuit In Patent Case

Law360, New York (January 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overstepped its bounds by reviewing the sufficiency of evidence in a patent infringement and antitrust case, according to a decision on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 7-2 decision held that ConAgra Foods Inc. failed to follow the correct procedure for appealing an adverse patent ruling. The opinion could force ConAgra to pay a jury verdict for more than $20 million to rival food processor Unitherm Food Systems Inc.

Oklahoma-based Unitherm sued ConAgra subsidiary Swift-Eckrich Inc....
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