Justices Seek Solicitor Gen.'s Take On Patent Exhaustion Row

By Kevin Penton (June 20, 2016, 12:23 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sought that the government's solicitor general weigh in on a case in which Impression Products Inc. questions the Federal Circuit's recent determination that foreign sales don't exhaust a patent owner's right to sue.

The high court seeks that the official express the government's views on the case, in which Impression also questions the Federal Circuit's related finding that patent owners can impose restrictions on the use of patented items to prevent an exhaustion of their rights to the intellectual property, according to court records. The case is over claims from Lexmark International Inc. against Impression...

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