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Judge Essex Updates Ground Rules to Limit Prehearing Briefs, Opening Statements

by Jones Day on

Last week, Judge Essex issued a notice updating his ground rules in active investigations pending before him...more

A Comparison of US and EPO Post Grant Practices

Challenging the validity of a patent through the courts of Europe and the United States can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO) and US post-grant cancellation...more

Supreme Court Holds Sale of Patented Product Exhausts All Patent Rights

by Jackson Walker on

In a nearly unanimous opinion issued recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held “a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts all of its patent rights in that item, regardless of any restrictions the patentee purports to...more

First Impressions: New Strategies in the New Era of Patent Exhaustion After Impression Products v. Lexmark International

by Perkins Coie on

In Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, No. 15–1189, 137 S. Ct. ___, 2017 WL 2322830 (May 30, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a patentee’s sale of a product exhausts all of its U.S. patent rights in...more

Supreme Court's Lexmark Decision Exhausts Patents

by White & Case LLP on

On May 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court reversed the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. altering the scope of the patent...more

Business Litigation Report - May 2017

Recent Decisions Regarding Discovery Scope and Proportionality Requirements Under New Federal Rules - Over the past eighteen months, federal courts have issued numerous important decisions clarifying the impact of the most...more

ITC Section 337 Update – May 2017

by King & Spalding on

Commission Holds Hearing On Antitrust Injury In Certain Carbon And Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002 – The U.S. International Trade Commission (“the Commission”) held a rare hearing on the Administrative Law Judge’s...more

Trade Secrets May Retain Protections Despite Disclosure to Single Competitor

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Ninth Circuit recently held in United States v. Liew that it was not plain error for the district court not to instruct the jury that disclosure “‘to even a single recipient who is not legally bound to maintain [a trade...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Patent Exhaustion Doctrine and Limits Post-Sale Control

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., the Supreme Court held that after a patent holder sells a patented product, the patent holder cannot control the product by way of patent rights. United States...more

Supreme Court Finds Patent Rights Exhausted Overseas

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., the Supreme Court reversed the en banc decision of the Federal Circuit, and held U.S. patents rights exhausted by the patent owner’s sale of a patented article...more

For Patent Infringement, Sold Property Is All Yours

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

When do patent rights end? If you buy a patented invention, is it your property in the same way that you can do with a pair of pants as you please after purchasing it? ...more

Supreme Court's Lexmark Decision Expands Scope of Patent Exhaustion Defense

by Fenwick & West LLP on

For the fifth time this session, and following fast on the heels of its landmark decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods earlier in May, the Supreme Court again reversed the Federal Circuit. The case, Impression Products,...more

Patent Rights are So Anemic, They’re Exhausted on First Sale

The Supreme Court in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., has once again reversed the Federal Circuit, holding that a sale of a patented product by (or on behalf of) the patent owner, whether in the U.S....more

The Supreme Court Rules that Patent Rights are Exhausted by a Sale, in the U.S. and Abroad

The Supreme Court issued a 7-1 ruling in Impression Prod., Inc. v. Lexmark Int'l, Inc. that eliminated the ability for a patent holder (“patentee”) to enforce, through patent law, post-sale restrictions on an authorized...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017

Brazilian Meatpacker to Pay $3.2 Billion to Settle Bribery Charges - The holding company of Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has reportedly agreed to pay a $3.2billion fine for the company’s involvement in a graft and bribery...more

The World in US Courts: US Supreme Court limits patent infringement claims after ex-US sale - a special note from the World in US...

On May 30, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Int'l, Inc., which changed the settled law of "international patent exhaustion"—whether a US patent infringement suit may be brought in...more

What the Supreme Court’s Latest Patent Decision Means for Automotive Suppliers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Although U.S. patent law has long-established limits on enforcement after a patented product has been sold, the technological innovations may put a bulls-eye on the automotive industry for patent litigation. However, when...more

Supreme Court Affirms Strength of First Sale Doctrine

The Supreme Court continued its streak of reversing the Federal Circuit, this time in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc., a case involving the first sale doctrine (a/k/a patent exhaustion)....more

Supreme Court Holds First Authorized Domestic or International Sale Exhausts U.S. Patent Rights

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. that “patent exhaustion is uniform and automatic” and that patent exhaustion applies, both domestically (in an 8-0...more

Control stops here? Supreme Court reins in post-sale control of patented articles

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The United States Supreme Court held in a largely unanimous decision that any sale of a patented item (whether foreign or domestic) exhausts the patentee’s ability to enforce post-sale restrictions through an infringement...more

U.S. Supreme Court Significantly Restricts Patent Owners’ Ability to Control Resale of Patented Items

by Knobbe Martens on

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States held in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. that an authorized sale of a patented product exhausts all of the patentee’s rights in the...more

Supreme Court Bolsters Patent Exhaustion Doctrine, Patent Laws Cannot Be Used Against Resellers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Lexmark’s decision to sell its patented printer ink cartridge exhausted all of its patent rights in that cartridge, regardless of any contractual restrictions Lexmark attempted to impose...more

Rx IP Update - May 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Federal Court of Appeal finds that Apotex did not fail to mitigate its damages in relation to Apo-Trazodone drug submission - On April 6, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Federal Court’s finding that...more

Supreme Court Overrules and Rewrites 25 Years of Federal Circuit Law on Patent Exhaustion

In keeping with recent erosion of patent rights, patent owners’ power to control the post-sale use and sale of their patented products was severely limited this week by the U.S. Supreme Court in the highly anticipated case...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Domestic and Foreign Sales of a Patented Article Exhaust All Patent Rights

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court set forth a bright-line patent exhaustion rule, holding that both domestic and foreign sales exhaust all rights under the Patent Act. Chief Justice John Roberts authored the opinion for...more

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