March 21: SCOTUS Series – Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.


4:00 PM Registration | 4:15 PM Panel | Room Y115
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington DC, 20016
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In PIJIP’s ongoing Supreme Court Series, a panel of counsel for amici and parties will discuss the case on the afternoon following oral argument before the Court.

Issue: Whether a “conditional sale” that transfers title to the patented item while specifying post-sale restrictions on the article’s use or resale avoids application of the patent-exhaustion doctrine and therefore permits the enforcement of such post-sale restrictions through the patent law’s infringement remedy; and (2) whether, in light of this court’s holding in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. that the common-law doctrine barring restraints on alienation that is the basis of exhaustion doctrine “makes no geographical distinctions,” a sale of a patented article – authorized by the U.S. patentee – that takes place outside the United States exhausts the U.S. patent rights in that article.


Prof. Michael Carroll, American University Washington College of Law (Moderator)

Paul Hughes, Mayer Brown, Counsel for Petitioner

Ariel Lavinbuk, Robins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP, representing Costco Wholesale Corp. on amicus brief

George Hicks, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, representing International Business Machines Corp. (“IBM”) on amicus brief


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