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News Posted on January 20, 2017

Professor Lee Comments on Apple v. Samsung Supreme Court Decision for Northern California Record

Professor Peter Lee was recently quoted in the Northern California Record regarding the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Apple v. Samsung (2016). In this case, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and ruled that a relevant “article of manufacture” for the purposes of awarding design patent infringement damages may be the entire product or individual parts of a multicomponent product.

Professor Lee was quoted as observing, “This is part and parcel of the Supreme Court's recent trend in patent law. It strikes down the federal circuit's bright-line rule and articulates a broad standard with little guidance as to how to apply it. This means that lower courts will have to struggle with defining the relevant 'article of manufacture' on a case-by-case basis going forward.”

Professor Lee's scholarly work addresses the intersection of science and society, particularly exploring the patent system's impact on scientific and technological progress.