R. Lee Strasburger, Jr. Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming review of patent damages in Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Apple Inc. shouldn’t be dreaded by the startup community. Within the last decade, the Supreme Court has weighed in on more patent-related cases than it has in the previous four decades combined. These rulings have impacted the tech community in various ways, mainly that it’s now more difficult to receive utility patent protection for certain technologies (e.g., fintech, etc.). That being said, many of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions have transformed patent trolls into mere paper tigers by reducing the profitability of patent litigation.