In Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, 2015 WL 2473380 (June 22, 2015)(6-3), the Court applied stare decisis to uphold a 1964 decision that patent royalties cannot be charged beyond the life of the patent even if the parties agree otherwise.  Writing for the majority, Justice Kagan stressed that stare decisis has particular force on matter of statutory interpretation that Congress can correct, if it chooses, and when property or contract rights are involved because of the reliance interests at stake. She also noted that the prior decision in this case had not been undermined by subsequent doctrinal developments.   “Respecting stare decisis,” she wrote, “means sticking to some wrong decisions.”  Id. at       .

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