Contreras files Amicus Curiae brief in Altera Corp. v. Papst Licensing GmbH

jorge-contreras_wvflnyProfessor Jorge Contreras, together with Paul Gugliuzza of Boston University and Megan LaBelle of Catholic University, led the preparation and filing of an Amicus Curiae brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today in Altera Corp. v. Papst Licensing GmbH (N.D. Cal. 2015).  The case concerns the ability of a business in a state to obtain personal jurisdiction over a non-resident patent holder when initiating a declaratory judgment action to challenge patents that the patent holder has sought to license to residents of the state.  The brief, which urges the Federal Circuit to expand its prior narrow holdings regarding personal jurisdiction over non-resident patent holders (particularly the German patent assertion entity in this case), was joined by 34 legal scholars with expertise in intellectual property and civil procedure, and was prepared and filed with the assistance of the law firm Simpson Thacher and Bartlett.