Replacement Part Can Skirt Infringement Claim: Top UK Court

Law360, New York (March 13, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT) -- The U.K. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that a company that replaced part of a container for transporting liquids cannot be held liable for infringing the patent on the container itself, reversing a lower court decision that the replacement parts infringe patents.

The high court ruled that Werit (UK) Ltd., which sold replacement bottles for so-called intermediate bulk containers patented by Schutz (UK) Ltd., did not infringe. Under U.K. law, a party can be held liable for infringing a patent if it "makes" the patented item,...
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