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Japan’s Supreme Court affirms patent exhaustion rule

Peter Ollier, Hong Kong


Japan’s Supreme Court has upheld a verdict of the IP High Court in its first decision concerning patent exhaustion in recycled products

In its November 8 ruling the Court said that the sale of recycled ink cartridges imported by Recycle Assist contained elements of an invention patented by Canon.

Canon said in a statement that it was “pleased with the Supreme Court’s...


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