High Court Could Shut Down Suits Over Many Web Patents

By Ryan Davis (January 14, 2014, 8:57 PM EST) -- The value of scores of Internet patents hangs in the balance now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to review the standard for proving induced infringement, with the outcome potentially foreclosing suits where one company does not perform all the steps of such patents, attorneys say.

The high court agreed Friday to review a Federal Circuit ruling that a party can be held liable for induced infringement if it performs some steps of a patent and induces others to perform the rest. That decision expanded potential liability by overruling long-standing precedent that induced infringement required that all the steps be...

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