Placing A Premium On Clearly Defined Patent Rights

Law360, New York (October 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In today’s high-tech economy, it is not unusual for products such as computers to combine hundreds, even thousands of components, each protected by one or several different patents. Intel, for instance, claims that its core microprocessor alone cobbles together 10,000 different patent rights.

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court waded into this complex morass in a decision that tested the limits to which patent holders can assert their rights and seek to collect royalties or damages against multiple companies in a complex manufacturing chain.

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