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Patent Exhaustion

Patent claim construction in Australia: Federal Court confirms the need for careful consideration of the use of “comprising” and...

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

In contested patent proceedings in Australia the interpretation of claim features that are introduced using the words “comprise” or “contain” is frequently in issue. An August 2017 decision of the Federal Court is an example...more

Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These...more

Brewers & Blades: Avoiding Exhaustion in Products with Consumable Parts

A product with consumable or replaceable parts can be complicated to patent. These kinds of products have a reusable base component and replaceable widgets that work with it. Think razor handles with disposable razor blades,...more

Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.: Doctrine of Patent Exhaustion Limits Restraints on Alienation of Goods

by Morgan Lewis on

The US Patent Act gives patent holders the right to prevent others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in the United States or importing the invention into the United States. The premise behind...more

The Goods on IP - July 2017

The July 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's The Goods on IP discusses thinking like an Examiner to move prosecution forward, the wide variety of consumer product companies using design patents to protect their valuable product...more

Corporate E-Note - July 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Cyber threats take many forms. The widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May of 2017 highlighted how computer files could be held hostage in return for payment, while the Dyn denial of service in October of 2016...more

Supreme Court Corner Q2 2017

by DLA Piper on

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

A Sale in Canada Triggers Exhaustion of Patent Rights in the US

by Field Law on

“Patent exhaustion” is something we’ve reviewed before. To recycle an old line, the term “patent exhaustion” does not refer to the feeling you get when a patent agent talks for 3 hours about the process of a patentee...more

Jones Day’s Review of Business-Related Cases in the Supreme Court’s October Term 2016

by Jones Day on

During what many have labeled a “quiet Term,” the U.S. Supreme Court, working with only eight justices for most of the session, still delivered at least 30 rulings of particular interest to business and industry. These...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - July 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Supreme Court Hits Reset on Patent Venue Law in TC Heartland - In the recent TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC decision, the Supreme Court reversed nearly thirty years of patent venue law and held that a...more

[Webinar] Post-Sales Restrictions After Impression Products v. Lexmark - August 2nd, 10:00am PT

The United States Supreme Court recently decided that a patent owner’s authorized sale of a patented item exhausts all patent rights to that item in Impression Products v. Lexmark International. Although this forecloses...more

US Supreme Court Says No to Post-Sale Restrictions Under Patent Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Court also holds that patent exhaustion applies to both foreign and domestic sales in a historic decision. Key Points: ..Patent rights are exhausted by sale even if the patentee purports to impose post-sale...more

[Webinar] Venue and Exhaustion: Practical Effects of TC Heartland and Lexmark - July 26th, 10:00 am China, CST

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued highly anticipated opinions in two patent cases, both of which may have a profound impact internationally....more

Intellectual Property Law - July 2017

SCOTUS: For Patent Venue, Domestic Corporations ‘Reside’ Where Incorporated - Why it matters: On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC—rejecting...more

United States Supreme Court Decision In Impression Products Inc. V Lexmark International Inc.

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In 1628, Lord Coke in his “Institutes of the laws of England” summarized the common law on restraints on the alienation of chattels stating that any attempt by a seller to restrict resale or use of the chattel after selling...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

ITC Section 337 – Quarterly Highlights

by Hogan Lovells on

SCOTUS Narrows Opportunity For ITC Section 337 Jurisdiction Over Imported Biosimilars Based On 180-Day Notice Provision - In Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., 794 F.3d 1347, 1357-58 (Fed. Cir. 2015), the Federal Circuit held that...more

The Supreme Court Clarifies Patent Rights After a Patented Item is Sold

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On May 30, 2017, in Impression Products, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a patent owner’s sale of an item, either within or outside the United States, exhausts all of the patent owner’s patent rights in that item,...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

Supreme Court Cuts Back Patent Owners’ Post-Sale Rights

by Weintraub Tobin on

Patent owners can no longer restrict the use of their patented products after the products are sold. Under the doctrine of patent exhaustion, a patent owner’s rights are “exhausted” once the patent owner sells the product. ...more

“First Sale” Exhausts Patent Rights

by Sands Anderson PC on

In a case of keen importance to sellers of refurbished products such as auto parts and medical devices, last month, in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., ___ U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme Court of the...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

The Importance of Label Licenses to Life Sciences Companies After Lexmark

On May 30, 2017, in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held that a domestic or foreign sale of a patented product exhausts all U.S. patent rights in that product. The case was...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

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