The future of patent exhaustion after Quanta

It has been several months since the US Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in Quanta Computer, Inc v LG Electronics, Inc (June 9 2008) and the implications for patent holders continue to reverberate. In Quanta, the court reiterated the principle that once a patentee has authorised the sale of goods or services, it is not entitled to obtain a second payment for the same patented items.

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