US High Court Backs Foreign Manufacturers Over US Patentees10/03/2017 by Steven Seidenberg for Intellectual Property Watch Leave a CommentUnder Donald Trump, the United States has adopted new, protectionist policies. “America first,” the President has repeatedly and loudly declared. It appears, however, that the US Supreme Court didn’t get the memo. The Court, in a recent patent law case, sided with foreign companies and consumers, at the expense of US patent owners. The unanimous ruling protects international supply chains instead of domestic US manufacturing.