Shumaker Manufacturing

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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 supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad gives rise to liability for patent infringement under § 271(f)(1) of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1). Continue reading