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National Public Radio’s Marketplace Program Quotes Patent Litigator on U.S. Supreme Court Printer Cartridge Patent Exhaustion Case

Practices: Intellectual Property Litigation

On March 27, National Public Radio’s (NPR) Marketplace program quoted patent litigator Henry Huang (Silicon Valley) on oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Impression Products v. Lexmark International.

Lexmark, a manufacturer of printers and cartridges, claimed that as part of a condition of its sales, the cartridges it manufactures are protected and cannot be resold. Impression Products, which re-fills cartridges, disagreed.

Mr. Huang notes that the case involves the legal issue of patent exhaustion, the idea that a manufacturer gives up the right to control what happens to a product after it has been sold. The Supreme Court case will decide how much control patent holders have over how their products are used after they are sold and could affect resale markets and consumer choices.

The Marketplace program is broadcast on more than 500 NPR affiliate radio stations nationwide reaching more than 13.5 million listeners.

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