The Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court asks U.S. government to weigh in on Apple patent dispute


WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court has asked the Biden administration to weigh in on a billion-dollar intellectual property case brought by the California Institute of Technology against Apple Inc. AAPL, +0.88% and Broadcom Inc. AVGO, +0.04%

In an order issued on Tuesday, the high court asked the Office of the Solicitor General to submit a brief addressing whether the case is worth reviewing.

The Solicitor General’s office represents the federal government before the high court. If the office encourages the Supreme Court to hear a case, the justices often adopt that recommendation.

Representatives of Apple, Broadcom and Caltech didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Apple and Broadcom want the Supreme Court to review a February 2022 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, an intermediate appeals court that hears patent appeals.

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