In a closely watched case that may determine how far companies can go when demanding fees for patents they've licensed, several Supreme Court justices Wednesday seemed open to limiting patent-holders' rights in connection with the use of their products by downstream purchasers in the manufacturing process. The case involves the doctrine of patent exhaustion, which Chief Justice John Roberts said is "the subject of great confusion," based on conflicting high court and Federal Circuit precedents.
Justices Skeptical of Patent-Holders' Claim
January 16, 2008
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