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Stanford v. Roche BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY v. ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS, INC., 563 U.S. _____ (2011)
In Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. v. St. Jude Medical, 576 F.3d 1348 (Fed. Cir. 2009), the Federal Circuit held that liability does not extend to U.S. manufacturers of components made in the U.S. that are shipped abroad and then used in a process that would otherwise infringe a method claim of a U.S. patent. This en banc opinion reversed prior Federal Circuit precedent thereby harmonizing the Federal Circuit’s cases with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp., 127 S.Ct. 1746 (2007).