Justices Wary Of Complicated Rule In Patent-Export Case

Law360, New York (December 6, 2016, 9:43 PM EST) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices hearing a patent dispute between Life Technologies Corp. and Promega Corp. indicated Tuesday they might be open to a rule that shipping a single component of a patented invention overseas cannot constitute infringement, but showed little appetite for setting a more broad standard.

Life Tech is appealing a 2014 Federal Circuit decision that held shipping a single component of a patented invention to be combined with others overseas can constitute infringement. The company supplied an enzyme to a facility in the U.K. that made DNA test kits that allegedly infringed Promega's patents.

Throughout the one-hour hearing Tuesday,...

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