Justice Stevens Sought Careful Limits On Reach Of IP Law

Law360 (July 17, 2019, 10:09 PM EDT) -- Late Justice John Paul Stevens left his mark on intellectual property law with influential opinions that took a narrow view of the protection afforded by copyrights and patents, including a landmark ruling that effectively legalized the VCR.

Justice Stevens, who died Tuesday at the age of 99, also advocated for stricter limits on what types of inventions are patent-eligible. While his views on patents often didn't prevail during his tenure, they have in some ways been adopted by the high court in opinions since he retired from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010.

His interpretation of intellectual property law was influenced...

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