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Supreme Court finds for Quanta in patent exhaustion case

Eileen McDermott, New York

The Supreme Court today issued its much-anticipated decision in Quanta Computer v LG Electronics, finding in favour of Quanta and clarifying US law on the doctrine of patent exhaustion, which the Court had not considered since 1942

Though a win for Quanta was somewhat expected, the decision could have an impact on existing patent licence agreements, as well as the way patentees draft and negotiate royalties for licences going forward.

The case relates to suits filed by...

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