Brief Amicus Curiae of Intellectual Property Professors in Support of Petition for Certiorari in Samsung v. Apple

15 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2017 Last revised: 23 Aug 2017

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Bernard Chao

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: April 10, 2017

Abstract

eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C, 547 U.S. 388, 394 (2006) held that that courts should apply the traditional four-factor test when deciding whether to issue a permanent injunction to a prevailing patentee. Certiorari should be granted in this case because the Federal Circuit’s decision dilutes the eBay test by allowing its irreparable harm factor to be satisfied when a patentee merely shows “some connection” between the patented feature and demand for the infringing products. Since the existence of “some connection” does not establish any (let alone, irreparable) harm stemming from the infringement, this Court should instruct the Federal Circuit to require actual proof of causation when applying the irreparable harm factor of the eBay test.

Keywords: patent, remedies, injunctions, causal nexus

Suggested Citation

Chao, Bernard H., Brief Amicus Curiae of Intellectual Property Professors in Support of Petition for Certiorari in Samsung v. Apple (April 10, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3021941 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3021941

Bernard H. Chao (Contact Author)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

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