Judge: SCOTUS 'First Sale' Ruling Can't Derail Lexmark Patent Case

, The Litigation Daily

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The Supreme Court clarified a murky area of the law—and dished out bad news for copyright holders— when it ruled last year that copyright owners can't block U.S. resales of "gray market" products that are manufactured and first sold abroad. Some importers would like to see the same logic extended to products protected by U.S. patents, but so far the courts haven't been willing to oblige.

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