Reviving The Exhaustion Doctrine

Law360 (January 10, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- On Jan. 16, 2008, the Supreme Court will be hearing oral argument in yet another patent case. This time, the Supreme Court is reviewing the latest precedent from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on the law of patent exhaustion.

In Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics, the Supreme Court will have its first opportunity since the formation of the Federal Circuit to weigh in on the important issue of whether and to what extent one may “contract around” the patent exhaustion. The Supreme...
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