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Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Addresses Patent Exhaustion Doctrine In Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc.

On June 9, 2008, the Supreme Court in Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., unanimously issued a 9-0 decision reversing the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on the scope of patent exhaustion for method patents. Patent exhaustion is a doctrine that limits the patentee's right to claim...

Farmer's Petition Granted By Supreme Court In Seed Patent Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Oct. 5 to weigh in on a dispute of "core practical importance to agriculture and of vital interest in patent law," according to a petition for certiorari ( Vernon Hugh Bowman v. Monsanto Co. , No. 11-796, U.S. Sup.). ( Petition...

Farmer's Petition Granted By Supreme Court In Seed Patent Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to weigh in on a dispute of "core practical importance to agriculture and of vital interest in patent law," according to a petition for certiorari ( Vernon Hugh Bowman v. Monsanto Co. , No. 11-796, U.S. Sup.; See 10/3/11, Page 9). ...

Supreme Court Affirms Patent Exhaustion Not Applicable in Seed Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A soybean farmer accused of infringing a patented pesticide-resistant seed was defeated May 13 in his efforts to avoid liability via the patent exhaustion doctrine, when the U.S. Supreme Court deemed the doctrine inapplicable to the dispute ( Vernon Hugh Bowman v...

Don’t Blame the Bean—U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Patent Exhaustion Doctrine

As previously reported, yesterday the U. S. Supreme Court issued an opinion clarifying the doctrine of patent exhaustion. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co. (lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and an enhanced version of the opinion for this case) , a unanimous Court held that patent rights...

Monsanto Ruling Protects Innovators of Self-Replicating Biotechnology

In Bowman v. Monsanto, the Supreme Court found patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer to reproduce patented seeds for planting and harvesting without the patent holder's permission. This decision highlights the similarity between impermissibly replicating an invention and making use of a...

Biotechnology Industry Reaps a Harvest of Patent Protection from Supreme Court

Excerpt: At the height of this spring season, the Supreme Court planted a seed of hope for the biotechnology and other industries that offer self-replicating technologies. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., 2013 U.S. LEXIS 3519 (2013) [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers...

Federal Circuit to Tackle Significant Patent Exhaustion Issues En Banc

The doctrine of patent exhaustion restricts patent owners from asserting patent rights against a patented article after the initial sale of the article by or on behalf of the patentee. The exhaustion doctrine is subject to a number of limitations and qualifications, and it has been evolving recently...