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The First Sale Doctrine is rule of copyright law providing that an individual who knowingly purchases a copy of a copyrighted material has the right to do what they wish with that particular copy, i.e. sell,... more +
The First Sale Doctrine is rule of copyright law providing that an individual who knowingly purchases a copy of a copyrighted material has the right to do what they wish with that particular copy, i.e. sell, display or dispose of that copy. However, the First Sale Doctrine does not grant individual purchasers the right to make unauthorized reproductions of copyrighted material and consequently, the First Sale Doctrine cannot be used as a defense against claims of infringing reproductions.  less -

Supreme Court Corner Q2 2017

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Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. PATENT – Decided: May 30, 2017 - HOLDING: All patent rights of a product are exhausted when the product is sold, "regardless of any restrictions the patentee...more

Federal Circuit Review - June 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Inter Partes Reexamination Estoppel Attaches On Claim-by-Claim Basis for New Requests and Pending Proceedings - In In re Affinity Labs Of Texas, LLC, Appeal Nos. 2016-1092, 2016-1172, the Federal Circuit held that the...more

Exhaustion and the “Right to Repair”: Ownership Rights after Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Intern., Inc.

by Fish & Richardson on

Hailed by some as the “right to repair”, on May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that a seller’s patent rights are not valid beyond the first sale of the patented product. Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Intern., Inc....more

Exhausted by Exhaustion: Impression Products v. Lexmark

Please revisit Don Chisum’s and Janice Mueller’s comments on Impression Products v. Lexmark, No. 151189 (S. Ct. May 30, 2017), in which the Court held that a seller of a patented printer cartridge had exhausted its patent...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

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

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

First Sale Extinguishes Patent Rights: Supreme Court Guts Manufacturer Control Over Secondary Market

Manufacturers have long used patents, licenses and litigation to deter competitive products and restrict secondary markets in their products. The U.S. Supreme Court just dealt these practices a severe blow, confirming that a...more

No Second Bite of the Patent Apple by Patent Owner, Says Supreme Court

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Impression Prods., Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc., that eliminates a patentee’s patent rights in a product sold by the patentee. The Supreme Court held that “a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Sets the Tone for Patent Exhaustion

by Alston & Bird on

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court altered the landscape of patent exhaustion in Impression Products Inc. v. Lexmark International Inc. The Court, in reversing the Federal Circuit, held that a patentee’s decision to sell a...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 to Consider Patent Exhaustion for International Sales

by Snell & Wilmer on

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in the patent exhaustion case, Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., Docket No. 15-1189.  The Supreme Court’s decision in this case could...more

US Supreme Court to Review Patent Exhaustion Doctrine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 2, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States granted cert in a key case regarding the scope of the patent exhaustion doctrine, or “first sale doctrine,” as it relates to (1) sales of a patented item subject to...more

Patent Exhaustion Case Could Have Enormous Impact on Multinational Businesses

by BakerHostetler on

Earlier this year, the Federal Circuit ruled en banc in Lexmark v. Impression, the most significant exhaustion ruling since the Supreme Court’s Quanta decision. In response to Impression’s cert. petition, the Supreme Court...more

Ways Manufacturers Can Shut Down Unauthorized Resellers

by WilmerHale on

The internet has become a dominant marketplace for consumer products and services. Historically, high capital costs of warehouse and storefront facilities tended to discourage unauthorized resellers from becoming a...more

Supreme Court Injects Uncertainty Into Attorney’s Fee Awards in Copyright Cases

The day after it liberalized the standard for awarding enhanced damages in patent cases, a unanimous Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Kagan, substantially broadened lower courts’ discretion in granting...more

Federal Circuit Review | March 2016

by Knobbe Martens on

Under O2 Micro, a District Court Must Provide a Claim Construction if the Parties Dispute the Meaning of a Claim Term - In Eon Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. Silver Springs Networks, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1237, the Federal...more

Federal Circuit “Tones Down” Efforts to Expand Patent Exhaustion

In a rare instance in which all judges participated, the Federal Circuit issued a ruling earlier this month, in Lexmark International, Inc. v. Impression Products, Inc., on the legal issue of patent exhaustion for both...more

Federal Circuit Precedents on Domestic and International Patent Exhaustion Principles Remain Unchanged (Lexmark Int’l, Inc., v....

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The en banc U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its long awaited (10-2) decision, reaffirming the court’s prior rulings in Mallinckrodt and Jazz Photo that a seller can use its patent rights to block resale...more

The Federal Circuit Finds Foreign Sales Do Not Exhaust Patent Rights

by Weintraub Tobin on

In Lexmark International, Inc. v. Impression Products, Inc., No. 14-1617 (Fed. Cir. 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided en banc that a U.S. patent owner’s “first sale” of items in a foreign...more

IP Law Tracker Docket Review

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more

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