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Docket Number16-1011
Term2017
Full NameWesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corporation
Short NameWesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corporation
PetitionerWesternGeco LLC
RespondentION Geophysical Corporation
Date Argued (Reargued)April 16, 2018
Date DecidedJune 22, 2018

Question Presented

Under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f), it is an act of patent infringement to supply "components of a patented invention," "from the United States," knowing or intending that the components be combined "outside of the United States," in a manner that "would infringe the patent if such combination occurred within the United States." Under 35 U.S.C. § 284, patent owners who prevail in litigation are entitled to "damages adequate to compensate for the infringement.” In this case, despite affirming that Respondent was liable for infringement under§ 271 (f), the majority of a divided panel of the court of appeals held that Petitioner was not entitled to lost profits caused by the proscribed combination. The court of appeals reasoned that even when Congress has overridden the presumption against extraterritorial application of the law in creating liability, the presumption must be applied a second time to restrict damages. The question presented is: Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that lost profits arising from prohibited combinations occurring outside of the United States are categorically unavailable in cases where patent infringement is proven under 35 U.S.C.§ 271(f). JUSTICE ALITO TOOK NO PART.

Case Events

NoDateDescription
19 2018-02-23Joint Appendix submitted.
18 2018-02-23Brief of WesternGeco LLC submitted.
17 2018-02-23SET FOR ARGUMENT on Monday, April 16, 2018.
16 2018-02-02Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, WesternGeco LLC.
15 2018-02-01Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, ION Geophysical Corporation.
14 2018-01-25Letter of amendment to corporate disclosure statement from respondent ION Geophysical Corp. filed. (Distributed)
13 2018-01-12Petition GRANTED. Justice Alito took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition.
12 2018-01-08DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/12/2018.
11 2017-12-20Supplemental brief of respondent ION Geophysical Corp. filed. (Distributed)
10 2017-12-20DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/5/2018.
9 2017-12-06Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
8 2017-05-30The Acting Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States. Justice Alito took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition.
7 2017-05-09DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 25, 2017.
6 2017-05-08Reply of petitioner WesternGeco LLC filed.
5 2017-04-19Brief of respondent ION Geophysical Corporation in opposition filed.
4 2017-03-08Order extending time to file response to petition to and including April 19, 2017.
3 2017-02-17Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 20, 2017)
2 2016-12-13Application (16A576) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until February 17, 2017.
1 2016-12-08Application (16A576) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from December 20, 2016 to February 17, 2017, submitted to The Chief Justice.

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Danielle J. HealeyION Geophysical Corp.AmicusFish & Richardson, P.C.1221 McKinney StreetSuite 2800Houston, TX 77010healey@fr.com713-654-5300respondent
Kannon K. ShanmugamION Geophysical CorporationCounsel of RecordWilliams & Connolly LLP725 Twelfth Street, N.W.Washington, DC 20005kshanmugam@wc.com(202) 434-5000respondent
Noel J. FranciscoUnited StatesCounsel of RecordSolicitor GeneralUnited States Department of Justice950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20530-0001SupremeCtBriefs@USDOJ.gov202-514-2217other
Paul D. ClementWesternGeco LLCCounsel of RecordKirkland & Ellis LLP655 Fifteenth Street, NWWashington, DC 20005paul.clement@kirkland.com2028795000petitioner
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