Will The High Court Clarify The Exhaustion Doctrine?

Law360, New York (January 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Today, for the first time in half a century, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on the extent to which a patentee can license its patents to different members of the same sales chain for the same product.

In Quanta v. LG Electronics, the High Court heard arguments on whether a patentee can grant patent rights and at the same time contract around the exhaustion doctrine. Further, the issue of whether patent exhaustion applies to method claims was also before the Court.

Charley Macedo attended the...
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