High Court Overseas Patent Law Ruling Will Spur More Fights

Law360, New York (February 22, 2017, 10:06 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Wednesday that shipping a single component of a patented invention to be combined with others overseas is not patent infringement eliminates liability in that situation but leaves parties to battle in lower courts over what constitutes infringement in other scenarios.

The justices reversed a 2014 Federal Circuit ruling that Life Technologies Corp. was liable for infringing a Promega Corp. patent and concluded that the statute governing the reach of U.S. patent law abroad does not apply when only one component is at issue.

The statute states that it is an act of infringement to supply...

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