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New Strategies For Licensing Of Multicomponent Inventions

Law360, New York (April 7, 2017, 3:50 PM EDT) -- Renato Smith

Sang Eun (Jennice) Lee In a recent decision affecting patent licensing, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed whether companies can be liable for patent infringement caused by domestically manufacturing a single component of a multicomponent invention, and then internationally assembling it with other components. Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., 197 L. Ed. 2d 33 (U.S. 2017). The Supreme Court held that a single component does not give rise to such liability, reversing the decision by the Federal Circuit. As described below, this decision of the Supreme Court provides licensees with new maneuvers to reduce royalty burdens, while it calls...

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