The October 2016 Term of the Supreme Court (that runs through the end of June 2017) promises to be one of the more active Terms for patent cases. Several cases are candidates for grant of certiorari in addition to three cases where certiorari has already been granted:
Top Ten No. (2) Samsung Electronics v. Apple, S. Ct. No. 15-777, asks whether design patent damages should be limited to profits attributable to a component of a patented design, where the design is applied to only that component.
Top Ten No. (3) SCA Hygiene v. First Quality Baby Prods., S.Ct. No. 15-927, asks whether Federal Circuit patent laches law is consistent with Petrella v. MGM, 134 S.Ct. 1962 (2014)(copyright).
Top Ten No. (4) Life Techs. v. Promega, S.Ct. No. 14-1538, asks whether supplying for offshore assembly a single, commodity component of a multi-component invention from the United States is an infringing act under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1).
Details are found in the attached Top Ten Patent Cases.