Lawyers expect a Federal Circuit ruling from last week to stanch an outpouring of whistleblower lawsuits accusing companies of falsely marking their products as covered by patents. The suits spring from a December 2009 Federal Circuit ruling calling for up to $500 in fines for each offending product sold. One IP partner predicts the June 10 Solo Cup ruling "will reinject a sense of reason into the process."
Federal Circuit Ruling Could Stem Tide of Patent False Marking Cases
The National Law Journal
June 16, 2010