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At The Bench: 2017 Mid-Year Case Review

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l, 137 S. Ct. 1523, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) The Supreme Court held that all patent rights are exhausted upon the first sale of a patented product, regardless of where the sale is made or...more

Brewers & Blades: Avoiding Exhaustion in Products with Consumable Parts

A product with consumable or replaceable parts can be complicated to patent. These kinds of products have a reusable base component and replaceable widgets that work with it. Think razor handles with disposable razor blades,...more

Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace. Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods,...more

Eastern District of Wisconsin Grants Summary Judgment on Hip Component Manufacturer’s Negligence Claims But Denies Summary...

by Reed Smith on

Last week, like most weeks during the past year, we spent a lot of our time on airplanes. One of those trips fell on a day with “lots of weather.” All of our flights were delayed, although we were luckier than many. When we...more

Supreme Court 2016-17 Recap

The politics surrounding the appointment of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court dominated the news cycle during the 2016-17 term, but the Court’s decisions themselves have been far from controversial. As the term draws to...more

Apple v. Samsung: What Does it Really Mean for Consumer Product Companies?

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.) alleging that several Samsung smartphones infringed utility and design patents owned...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - April 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Supreme Court Restricts the Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Patent Law for Exported Goods - On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court in a landmark decision held that the supply of a single component of a multicomponent...more

U.S. Supreme Court “Clarifies” Multi-Component Indirect Infringement

by Dickinson Wright on

In the recently decided case of Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., 580 U.S. __ (2017), the Supreme Court evaluated when a party that provides some part – but not all – of a patented invention can be liable for induced...more

Federal Circuit Review | March 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Remands IPR Final Decision For Inadequate Obviousness Analysis, Sidesteps Issue of Proper Claim Construction Standard - In Personal Web Technologies, LLC v. Apple, Inc., Appeal No. 2016-1174, the Federal...more

Export of Single Component of Patented Combination Does Not Impose Liability Under § 271(f)(1)

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In reversing the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, an essentially unanimous Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the “supply of a single component of a multi-component invention for manufacture abroad does...more

Quantity - Not Quality - Counts for Patent Infringement: More Than One Component of an Invention Must be Supplied for Patent...

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in a recent decision in Life Technologies Corp v. Promega Corp. that the "supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to §...more

Supreme Court limits liability for shipping parts of patented inventions abroad

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Generally, to infringe a U.S. patent, the infringing activity — the unauthorized making, using, offering to sell, selling, or importation — occurs within the United States. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Under 35...more

Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp.: Supreme Court Limits Patent Infringement Liability for Suppliers Under § 271(f)(1)

by Knobbe Martens on

The Supreme Court in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp held that providing a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to patent infringement liability under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - March 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s IP litigation team has published its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter covers a wide range of current IP topics: updated predictions on patent policy under the Trump administration; recent happenings...more

One is Not Enough – Infringement Liability under § 271(f)(1)

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., Slip Op. 14-1538 (Feb. 22, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Liability for Patent Infringement Based on Extraterritorial Activity

by K&L Gates LLP on

In a near-unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Life Technologies v. Promega that supplying a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to liability under 35 U.S.C....more

Supreme Court Rules That Patent Infringement Liability Based On Supply Of "A Substantial Portion" Of The Components Of An...

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. to address whether the act of supplying from the United States a single commodity component of a multicomponent invention...more

One Is Not Enough for Patent Infringement Under 35 U.S.C. §271(f)(1)

by Weintraub Tobin on

In Life Technologies v. Promega Corporation, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed whether supplying a single component from the United States of a multicomponent invention assembled abroad constitutes patent infringement under 35...more

Supreme Court Interprets Patent Law on Invention’s Components

The U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538, (February 22, 2017), interpreted 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1), which creates liability for supplying components of multi-component patented...more

Limiting Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Patents: "Substantial" Means More than One

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Last week, the Supreme Court provided much-needed clarity to U.S. companies concerned about their potential liability for supplying a single component of a multicomponent invention abroad. The Court’s decision in Life...more

Quantity - Not Quality - Matters in Assessing Liability for Patent Infringement under Section 271(f)(1)

by Bryan Cave on

In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., the Supreme Court ruled that, as a matter of law, “the supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention” from the United States does not trigger liability under Section...more

Supreme Court Patent Ruling on Global Exportation of Component Parts

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. raises important issues regarding the extraterritorial effect of patent law on global supply chains. The primary issue in the case is whether the...more

Remand to District Court to Attempt to Identify “Article of Manufacture” for Design Patent Damages

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the design patent battle between Apple and Samsung on remand from the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to apply the new standard or to order specific...more

Supreme Court Decision Limits Patent Infringement Risk for Exporting a Single Component of a Multi-Component Invention

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court held that there is no patent infringement when an entity supplies "a single component" from the United States for combination into "a multicomponent invention" outside the United...more

Supreme Court Limits Potential Liability for Overseas Patent Infringement

by Lathrop Gage on

Sale from the U.S. to overseas destination of a single component cannot violate § 271(f) - On February 22, the Supreme Court announced its latest unanimous decision in a patent case....more

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