Some good news in the realm of copyright, the US Supreme Court has ruled against Lexmark in their attempt to lock out the ability to re-manufacture and sell ink cartridges at much more reasonable prices. I still am amazed that this case got this far given how strained an interpretation of copyright Lexmark’s stance was to begin with.
Score one for the little guys. In a precedent-setting decision handed down this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a company’s patent rights are forfeited once they sell an item to a consumer under the “first sale” doctrine. This idea was central to Impression Products, Inc. v Lexmark Int’l, Inc. and is a major blow to companies that