High Court May Put Limits On Foreign Reach Of US Patents

Law360, New York (June 28, 2016, 8:27 PM EDT) -- A case that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Monday may make it tougher for companies to use American patent law to collect damages for overseas conduct, as the justices examine a Federal Circuit ruling that held a company liable for shipping only a single component abroad.

The high court granted a petition by Life Technologies Corp., which supplied an enzyme to a facility in the U.K. that manufactured allegedly infringing DNA test kits sold worldwide and argued that the appeals court's decision finding it liable "dangerously expands the extraterritorial reach of U.S. patent law."

The case, in which patent...

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