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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 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

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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

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

The Importance of Being Earnest and Objectively Reasonable

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. continues to make controlling copyright law, visiting the U.S. Supreme Court for the second time on an issue of great importance to copyright owners and litigants. This time, the issued...more

Trade in the balance: Europe's new Union Customs Code

by White & Case LLP on

The European Union — the world's largest trader of manufactured goods and services — is adopting a new framework of customs rules, the Union Customs Code (UCC). From cutting-edge California mobile devices and Chinese...more

Action needed: new customs rules have potential severe impact on duties payable

by DLA Piper on

As of May 1, 2016, the Union Customs Code (UCC) will come into effect and will replace the current Community Customs Code. The new UCC brings along significant changes in the customs rules which impact importers in the EU....more

Federal Circuit Declines to Disturb Established Precedent Regarding the Exhaustion of Patent Rights

On February 12, 2016, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision confirming two important aspects of the doctrine of patent exhaustion in the anticipated en banc decision in Lexmark Int’l, Inc. v. Impression...more

How the Kirtsaeng Decision Could Ruin the U.S. Branded Drug Industry

The Constitution gives Congress the power to grant copyright and patent protection in the same part of Article I, specifically in Section 8, Clause 8...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Importation and Re-Sale of Gray Market Goods Manufactured Abroad

by Buchalter on

On March 19, 2013, in a decision eagerly awaited by the entertainment bar,1 the United States Supreme Court, in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, ruled that, under the First Sale Doctrine, a person who buys lawfully made...more

June 2013: Patent Litigation Update - First Sale Doctrine Applies to Copyrighted Works Made Abroad.

In a recent 6-3 decision with potentially significant implications for the functionally analogous patent exhaustion doctrine, the Supreme Court held in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. that the first sale doctrine applies...more

'Gray Market' Lawyer: Congress Won't Change Copyright Laws

by Bloomberg Law on

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

Consumers 1, Publishers 0 in Recent Supreme Court Copyright Decision

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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

Supreme Court Declines to Decide Whether the “First Sale Doctrine” Should Apply to Patent Law

by Wilson Elser on

On March 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari filed by Ninestar Technology Co. in a case decided by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals last year captioned Ninestar Tech. Co. v. ITC (Supreme...more

U.S. Supreme Court Creates Challenges for International Producers of Copyrighted Works in Kirtsaeng First Sale Doctrine Decision

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

Supreme Court Applies “First Sale” Doctrine to Foreign-Made Copyrighted Goods

by White & Case LLP on

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

U.S. Supreme Court Applies "First Sale" Copyright Doctrine To Allow Import And Sale Of Gray Goods

by Carlton Fields on

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

Copyright and Patent Implications of Supreme Court's First Sale Doctrine Ruling

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies "First-Sale" Doctrine's Applicability to Copyrighted Works Manufactured Abroad

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

International Reach Given to First Sale Doctrine in Kirtsaeng Deals a Blow to Copyright Owners

by Wilson Elser on

In a decision likely to have broad implications on international consumerism and alternative markets, the Supreme Court, in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, articulated the contours of the Copyright Act’s first sale doctrine...more

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