Congress May Beef Up Customer Suit Doctrine

Law360, New York (January 16, 2014, 12:48 AM EST) -- Whenever a company is sued for patent infringement based on a product that it uses or sells, but did not manufacture, the so-called "customer suit" doctrine should be considered as a possible way to keep down the cost of litigation. Various proposals are currently pending in Congress to strengthen the customer suit doctrine, such that a district court would be more likely to stay patent litigation against a customer or reseller in favor of first allowing the resolution of a related lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product at issue....

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