On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for certiorari in WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp.
The issue to be considered is whether the Federal Circuit erred in holding that lost profits arising from prohibited combinations occurring outside of the United States are categorically unavailable in cases in which patent infringement is proven under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f).
As a reminder, 35 U.S.C. § 271(f) states "Whoever without authority supplies or causes to be supplied in or from the United States all or a substantial portion of the components of a patented invention, where such components are uncombined in whole or in part, in such manner as to actively induce the combination of such components outside of the United States in a manner that would infringe the patent if such combination occurred within the United States, shall be liable as an infringer."
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