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Supreme Court reverses both KSR and Microsoft
April 30, 2007

As reported at SCOTUS Blog, the Supreme Court has today ruled in two cases, reversing decisions of the Federal Circuit.

The first came in KSR v. Teleflex, where the Court has apparently ruled 9-0 that the Federal Circuit's view on obviousness is too narrow, reversing the decision that Teleflex's invention was nonobvious. Previous coverage of this case can be found here (preview), here (oral argument), and here (media coverage).

The second came in Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp., a case dealing with the extraterritorial reach of U.S. patent law. The Supreme Court reversed the expansive view the Federal Circuit had adopted of § 271(f), which deals with supplying components of a patented invention overseas. The court ruled 7-1, with Justice Stevens in dissent, and Chief Justice Roberts not participating. Previous coverage of this case can be found here (preview), here (oral argument), and here (media coverage).

We'll have more detail and analysis once the full opinions are available.

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