Lexmark's Sales Abroad Didn't Exhaust Patents, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (March 27, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that Lexmark International Inc.'s sales of inkjet cartridges outside the U.S. did not exhaust its patent rights, holding that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that foreign sales exhaust the rights of copyright holders does not apply to patent law.

As a result, U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett denied a motion to dismiss by Impression Products Inc., one of numerous companies Lexmark has alleged infringe its patents by selling refurbished inkjet cartridges in the U.S. that had been initially sold abroad....
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