The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit continues to soften up its standard for granting injunctions in patent cases involving multi-featured technology devices.

The court on Monday clarified that a patent owner need only show “some connection” between its patent and sales of infringing products to demonstrate the irreparable harm necessary for an injunction. The appeals court has been under some pressure from the technology industry to tighten the standard. The U.S. Supreme Court last month asked for the solicitor general’s views on a case raising the same issue.

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