This casenote will discuss as background: (1) the judicial doctrines of contributory infringement and patent misuse as they developed before 1952; (2) section 271 of the Patent Act of 1952; and (3) the impact of this section on the contributory infringement/patent misuse doctrines in post-1952 Supreme Court cases. An analysis section will contrast the majority and minority interpretations of: (1) 35 U.S.C. §§ 271(c) and (d); (2) the legislative history of the Patent Act of 1952; and (3) post-1952 Supreme Court decisions as each impacts the result in Dawson. The final section will discuss patent policy considerations absent from the Supreme Court's analysis.
Carlyn J. Steiner,
Patents—Contributory Infringement and Patent Misuse Under 35 U.S.C. § 271—Dawson Chemical Co. v. Rohn & Haas Co., 448 U.S. 176 (1980),
56 Wash. L. Rev.
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