Supreme Court shoots down two more rules put in place by top patent court

17 12 2014
The US Supreme Court issued rulings this morning in two of the five patent cases it heard this term. In both cases, the high court unanimously struck down rules created by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the nation’s top patent court.

The two rulings continue a pattern that has developed over the past several years, in which the Supreme Court has overturned key Federal Circuit rulings, finding them too favorable to patent-holders and too harsh on parties accused of infringement.

All four of the companies involved in today’s opinion are competitors with real products—none represent the much-debated “patent trolls,” that is, companies with no business beyond patent lawsuits. Yet, the issue of patent trolls looms large in the background of these opinions.


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