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Supreme Court To Weigh In On Patents and Antitrust Law

Law360 (June 21, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a case with broad implications for antitrust suits against patent holders, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would hear an appeal by Illinois Tool Works Inc. over business contracts in a market where a company enjoys presumed monopoly powers arising from patents.

The case involves claims of "tying," which is when a company illegally conditions the sale of a sought-after product on the purchase of a second item. Tying is illegal when the seller has market power in selling the desired product and can...
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