Fed. Circ.'s Lexmark Ruling Boosts Power Of Patent Owners

By Ryan Davis (February 12, 2016, 10:33 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit's decision on Friday to retain limits on patent exhaustion is a win for patent owners like Lexmark, allowing them to exert control over products after they're sold, but the thorny issue is likely on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys say.

The Federal Circuit's Lexmark opinion on Friday sends something of a mixed message for patent owners. (Credit: Law360) In the 10-2 en banc decision, the Federal Circuit decided not to disturb two of its longstanding rules: that overseas sales of a product don't exhaust a patent owner's right to sue in the U.S. and that...

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