Quanta Doesn't Nix Restricted Sales, Lexmark Tells Fed. Circ.

By Aaron Vehling (October 22, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT) -- Lexmark International Inc. on Tuesday urged the Federal Circuit to overturn a decision that the company's inkjet cartridge return program is invalid under patent law, arguing that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling the lower court relied on did not overrule the appeals court's previous finding on restricted sales.

The printer company said in its opening appeals brief in its infringement suit against cartridge reseller Impression Products Inc. that an Ohio federal judge wrongly concluded that a 2008 high court decision in Quanta overruled the appeals court's earlier decision approving single-use restrictions, such as those Lexmark offers when it offers customers a...

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