IP Owners Group Backs Lexmark In Patent Exhaustion Row

By Kelcee Griffis (February 24, 2017, 10:50 PM EST) -- The Intellectual Property Owners Association backed printer cartridge maker Lexmark International Inc. before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing in an amicus brief that it should uphold the Federal Circuit's en banc decision that overseas sales of a product don't exhaust a patent owner's right to sue in the U.S.

The trade association, which represents entities that own and license intellectual property rights, told the high court it should avoid upending well-established patent law precedents and affirm that patent owners should be given flexibility to control the way products are used after they're sold.

"That holding will provide the parties...

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