High Court Rules Patent Owners Have Burden Of Proof

Law360, New York (January 22, 2014, 1:22 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that patent owners bear the burden of proof when a licensee files suit alleging invalidity and noninfringement, reversing a Federal Circuit rule that the burden falls on licensees in such situations, in a win for Medtronic Inc.

In an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, the high court took the Federal Circuit to task for holding that companies that license patents have the burden of proof when they file a declaratory judgment suit seeking to invalidate them and the patent...
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