Supreme Court Decides Ink Cartridge Refilling Case

May 30, 2017 –  The US Supreme Court issued a decision this date Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.,  A case involving refilling and reselling ink/toner cartridges.  In the Court’s decision it was held that when the  holder of a patent sells a product that sale ends (exhausts) patent rights in the item being sold regardless of any restrictions the patent holders attempts to impose on the location of the sale. In other words, patent rights end after the sale of a product — for both  domestic sales  and international sales.

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Supreme Court  Ink Cartridge Refilling Case

Patent Rights  Case May 2017



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