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On Nov. 13, 2017, a Federal Circuit panel of Chief Judge Prost, Judge Mayer, and Judge Chen issued a unanimous decision, authored by Judge Chen, in Promega Corp. v. Life Technologies Corp., Case Nos. 2013-1011, 2013-1029, 2013-1376. On remand from the United States Supreme Court in Life Techs. Corp. v. Promega Corp., 137 S. Ct. 734, 741 (2017), the panel affirmed a grant of judgment as a matter of law by the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that the plaintiff failed to prove its infringement case under §§35 U.S.C. 271(a) and 271(f)(1). The panel affirmed the district court’s denial for a new trial on damages and infringement, and reaffirmed its prior holdings on enablement, licensing, and active inducement issues.
By Peter Kidd
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