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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 4

Patent Exhaustion: Supreme Court Expands Patent-Limiting Doctrine - The U.S. Supreme Court at the end of the past term handed down a decision, Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., that greatly expanded...more

Patent Exhaustion: Supreme Court Expands Patent-Limiting Doctrine

The U.S. Supreme Court at the end of the past term handed down a decision, Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., that greatly expanded the doctrine of patent exhaustion. This equitable doctrine prevents a...more

License Agreement Restrictions Can Provide A Real Advantage To Patent Holders

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

Generally, a patent owner's rights are exhausted after an authorized sale; the patent owner cannot sue a downstream customer who purchased an authorized patented product from a third party reseller. So how can a patent owner...more

Brexit Bill - Impact on patents

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK government’s draft EU Withdrawal Bill (the “Brexit Bill“) aims to incorporate EU directives and regulations into UK domestic law in their current form immediately following Brexit (“Retained EU Law“).  This article...more

Impression Products v. Lexmark: How Can Sellers Protect Themselves After Their Patent Rights Are Exhausted? Two Examples and One...

by Fish & Richardson on

I was on a panel at the Patent Law in Global Perspectives Seminar on October 20 at Stanford Law School, discussing the implications of Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark, 581 U.S. ___, 137 S. Ct. 1523 (2017), for patent...more

2017 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit, With Some Significant Cases from 2016

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

PTAB Makes Precedential Its Multi-Factor Approach To Assessing Follow-On Petitions

by Jones Day on

Serial IPR or CBM petitions challenging the same patent claims have been a recurring issue for the PTAB. On October 18, 2017, the PTAB designated as precedential a portion of a decision by an expanded panel that addressed...more

Guest Post -- Patent Exhaustion and Pharmaceuticals

On May 30th, the Supreme Court ruled in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. that all patent rights are automatically exhausted upon the sale of a product irrespective of contract stipulations and...more

Lexmark Creates Problems for Licensors and Sellers of Patented Products

by Fish & Richardson on

The most important patent-antitrust case in recent years is not an antitrust case but is the United States Supreme Court’s May 2017 decision in Impression Products Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l., Inc., 583 U.S. ___ (2017). ...more

European Commission paper on Brexit and IP

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Commission has released a position paper on “Intellectual property rights (including geographical indications)” giving us the first indication of how the Commission will approach the Brexit negotiations with the...more

At The Bench: 2017 Mid-Year Case Review

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l, 137 S. Ct. 1523, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) The Supreme Court held that all patent rights are exhausted upon the first sale of a patented product, regardless of where the sale is made or...more

U.S. - What does the Impression Products v. Lexmark decision mean for drug companies? 5 takeaways

by Hogan Lovells on

Last May, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a highly-anticipated decision in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc., reversing the Federal Circuit and holding that, when a patent holder sells a product, it exhausts all...more

Exhausted!: The Supreme Court Weakens Patent Owners’ Rights to Enforce Post-Sale Restrictions on Patented Products

Patent owners have long imposed post-sale restrictions on their patented goods and relied on U.S. patent laws to enforce these restrictions. For instance, companies have sought to enforce “single use” restrictions on their...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Summer 2017

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., US Supreme Court, May 1, 2007 - Plaintiff Helmerich & Payne (H&P), a supplier of drilling equipment, sued Venezuela to obtain compensation...more

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

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