Supreme Court Decision Limits Application of the Patent Law to Application of the Patent Law to

– US Government To Review of Expansive Lower Court Rulings

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was made in Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp to limit application of Section 271(f) of the Patent Act to “golden master” disks exported abroad.

“Today’s decision restores the purpose of §271(f) as passed by Congress,” said Mark Bohannon, SIIA’s General Counsel & SVP for Public Policy. “We are extremely pleased that the Supreme Court reversed the expansive interpretation of the Federal Circuit, which had exposed American software publishers producers to potentially global liability and upset previously settled law that limited the extraterritorial application of U.S. patent law.”

According to SIIA, the ruling will reduce frivolous litigation and improve patent quality. “This was an historical opportunity for the Court to bring common sense to this unnecessarily complex area of patent litigation,” Bohannon continued. The brief filed by SIIA in support of Microsoft can viewed at: http://www.siia.net/govt/docs/pub/SIIAAmicus_MSvAT&T_200 61214.pdf

– US Government To Review of Expansive Lower Court Rulings

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was made in Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp to limit application of Section 271(f) of the Patent Act to “golden master” disks exported abroad.

“Today’s decision restores the purpose of §271(f) as passed by Congress,” said Mark Bohannon, SIIA’s General Counsel & SVP for Public Policy. “We are extremely pleased that the Supreme Court reversed the expansive interpretation of the Federal Circuit, which had exposed American software publishers producers to potentially global liability and upset previously settled law that limited the extraterritorial application of U.S. patent law.”

According to SIIA, the ruling will reduce frivolous litigation and improve patent quality. “This was an historical opportunity for the Court to bring common sense to this unnecessarily complex area of patent litigation,” Bohannon continued. The brief filed by SIIA in support of Microsoft can viewed at: http://www.siia.net/govt/docs/pub/SIIAAmicus_MSvAT&T_200 61214.pdf

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