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U.S. Supreme Court Mulls Rare Review Of Patent Case

Law360 (October 5, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, which rarely takes on patent cases, has sought the U.S. Solicitor General’s opinion on whether it should review an appeals court’s 2003 decision in a case over research exemptions to patent infringement liability.

The decision prolongs German drug maker Merck KGaA’s appeal of a $15 million jury verdict against it for infringement of biomedical patents held by a unit of Integra Lifesciences.

Since the U.S. established the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1982 to promote greater uniformity in patent...
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