Per the WSJ, the Supreme Court today granted certiorari to decide "whether a patent holder can seek royalties from multiple companies as a patented product works its way through the manufacturing process."  Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., 2007 WL 2768020 (U.S. Sept. 25, 2007).   Specifically, the cert. petition asks:

Whether the Federal Circuit erred by holding, in conflict with decisions of this Court and other courts of appeals, thatr respondent’s patent rights were not exhausted by its license agreement with Intel Corporation, and Intel’s subsequent sale of product under the license to petitioners.

On April 16, 2007, the Court invited briefing in the case from the Solicitor General.  See Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., 127 S. Ct. 2087 (U.S. 2007).

Barry Barnett

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