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Bowman v. Monsanto Co. -
Decided: 5/13/2013 -
Holding: (9-0) Patent rights are exhausted for only original seed sold.
Bowman, a farmer, purchased and planted Monsanto’s patented...more
Patent Exhaustion Rejected: Patented Seed Purchaser Has No Right to Make Copies: Bowman v. Monsanto Co. -
In a narrow ruling that reaffirms the scope of patent protection over seeds, and possibly over other...more
May 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Under current intellectual property law, a consumer who unlocks his or her own cellphone can be convicted as a felon. Law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds says such a scenario is...more
The United States Supreme Court recently brought final resolution to Mandeville-Anthony v. Walt Disney Co., a dispute over the ownership of Disney and Pixar’s animated movies “Cars” and “Cars 2,” and the spin-off television...more
A copyright affords the copyright owner with “exclusive rights”. One such right is “to distribute… copies of [a] copyrighted work”under 17 U.S.C. § 106(3). Under the first sale doctrine, “The owner of a particular...more
Introduction - On March 19, 2013, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., holding that the copyright "first sale" doctrine applies to copies of works manufactured...more
April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Joshua Rosenkranz, head of the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about obtaining a landmark victory from...more
*News from the Bench:
- First Sale Doctrine Applies To Copyrighted Works Lawfully Made Abroad.
- Dissenting Federal Circuit Judges Abide By The Akamai Standard.
- More On Joint Infringement and The Akamai...more
Do you manufacture copyright-protected goods in the U.S. for distribution in the American market and abroad for distribution at lower cost elsewhere? The Supreme Court handed down a decision March 19 with the potential to...more
In this issue:
- The Time Is Here: Protecting Your Brands Against New Top-Level Domain Names
- Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Supreme Court Holds that the First Sale Doctrine Applies Regardless of Where a...more
We are pleased to present the 26th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring the emerging gray market, arbitration of...more
The Supreme Court ruled last week in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a case that centered on the tension between copyright law’s first sale doctrine, codified at 17 U.S.C. §109(a), and the importation restriction found in 17 U.S.C....more
In This Issue:
- Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., U.S. Supreme Court, March 19, 2013:
In a 6-to-3 decision with far-reaching implications, U.S. Supreme Court holds that copyright “first sale” doctrine...more
Following up on our previous blog post addressing Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc., the Supreme Court recently held, in a 6-3 decision, that the “first sale” doctrine applies to works produced and sold overseas. The...more
In a March 19, 2013 decision in Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the Supreme Court turned aside copyright owners’ attempts to draw geographic limits around the application of the “first sale” doctrine, holding that the...more
The Supreme Court ruled in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. that copyright law does not prohibit the unauthorized importation and sale of copyrighted goods manufactured outside the United States. This decision, which...more
On March 19, the United States Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013 WL 1104736, held that the "first sale" doctrine, as codified in the Copyright Act, applies to copyrighted works lawfully manufactured...more
In a 6 to 3 decision handed down on March 19, 2013, the United States Supreme Court chalked up a rare victory for consumers over text book publishers, record labels, and others who sought to restrain the resale of copyrighted...more
In a 6-3 decision issued on March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the first sale doctrine, which allows the owner of a “lawfully made” copy of a copyrighted work to freely sell it, also applies to the resale of...more
Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the woman whom the recording industry martyred with a $222,000 damages award after several trials for stealing music online, has reached the end of her legal rope. The U.S. Supreme Court on Mar. 18...more
On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying the bounds of copyright owners' rights in the global marketplace. In Kirtsaeng, dba BlueChristine99 v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,1 the Court held that the...more
The U.S. Supreme Court has settled the long-open question of whether U.S. copyright holders can prevent the importation of gray market products in Tuesday's decision Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 568 U.S. _____, No....more
In a decision that may significantly impact international production and distribution practices for copyrighted works, the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday found that the Copyright Act’s first sale doctrine was...more
Resolving the long legal struggle over the scope of the Copyright Act's provision governing the right of copyright owners to control imports, the Supreme Court held on Tuesday that the first sale doctrine embodied in 17...more
The Supreme Court of the United States issued its much-anticipated decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., holding that the “first sale” doctrine protects a buyer or other lawful owner of a copy of a copyrighted...more
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