What's At Stake In High Court's Life Tech Patent Case

Law360, New York (December 1, 2016, 12:21 PM EST) -- Wayne Stacy

Jay Schiller The U.S. Supreme Court could soon put its stamp of approval on a Federal Circuit decision that significantly expanded the extraterritorial reach of U.S. patent law. This expansion is a direct threat to U.S. manufacturers and exporters. The upcoming Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corporation case will decide what liabilities U.S. manufactures face when exporting components to the global marketplace.

Historically, U.S. patent laws have been limited to activities performed wholly within the United States. The aversion to extraterritoriality dates back to the Supreme Court's 1972 case of Deepsouth Packing Co. v. Laitram Corp., 406 U.S. 518,...

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