Issue: (1) Whether a computer software manufacturer
may be liable for direct infringement of a patent drawn
to computer instructions where the software, as
shipped, does not contain sufficient instructions to perform
the claimed operations; (2) whether flaws in an expert’s methodology may
be raised as part of a challenge to the sufficiency of the
evidence or only to the testimony’s admissibility; and (3) whether a patent infringement action should
be stayed where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has
declared invalid all patent claims at issue in the infringement
action and the defendant, which sought
such review at the first opportunity, might otherwise
be compelled to pay an enormous damages judgment
and be subjected to a permanent injunction on the basis
of the invalid claims.
3/30Brumfield v. Cain Whether a defendant in a capital case has a right to an independent court hearing on Whether he suffers from mental incapacity and therefore is not eligible for the death penalty.
3/31Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Whether the Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se”.
On Monday afternoon Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer testified before the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the Court’s budget for the next fiscal year and the federal judiciary, but the legislators also took full advantage of the occasion to touch on other topics as well.
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National Press Club Award
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Silver Gavel Award
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