On June 9th, the Supreme Court issued Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics, a decision that limits the ability of patent holders to collect multiple royalties from manufacturers at each stage of the production process. Settling a dispute over the potency of the patent exhaustion doctrine, this unanimous ruling is a victory for computer and electronics manufacturers, which had paid royalties to chip makers. But just how much does Quanta relax the grip of the patent owner on downstream uses? And how does this decision apply to the many types of complicated devices being made today? Quanta is also part of a series of cases since 2005 in which the Court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (and its use of formal abstract rules) to scale back the power of patent-holders. What else does this case say about the Court's direction in the area of patent law?
Whether you are a novice or an experienced patent or antitrust attorney, you need to know about this case and its implications. This short teleseminar, taught by a judge and two leading patent practitioners, will enable you to learn about Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics from the experts. The program will touch upon the following questions:
Ø How much does Quanta relax the grip of the patent owner on downstream uses, especially in light of today’s complicated products?
Ø Has this ruling effectively limited the scope of the patent (and the patent-owner’s rent-seeking behavior) to encourage innovation/competition?
Ø Will the decision require patent owners to carefully select the first licensee and to drive a hard bargain to get top dollar up front?
Ø Will doing so exclude small companies from obtaining access to a patent on which they could improve the art, thus limiting the "winners" in technology acquisition to those with the deepest pockets?
Ø Might the practical result of this case be to raise technology prices and exclude competitors—the exact opposite of what the Supreme Court intended?
The seminar will also examine:
Ø the impact of patent exhaustion doctrine on post sale use of components substantially embodying a claimed invention
Ø the scope of the "substantially embodying" test
Ø controlling downstream use via contract (as applied to and in view of antitrust issues that may stem from such contracts)
Lastly, what else does Quanta Computer say about the Court's mindset in relation to patent law?
Purchase of this product provides online access for 180 days. If you are purchasing a live webcast, you will receive complimentary access to the on-demand version for 180 days once it becomes available -- usually within a week of the live webcast. Please note that the on-demand version may, or may not be accredited in your state.