Exhaustion/First sale

Impression Products Inc. v. Lexmark International Inc. (Supreme Court of the United States, 30 May 2017)

The Supreme Court ruled that once the patent holder has authorized a sale all of its patent rights in that item are exhausted, regardless of any post-sale contractual restrictions or the location of the sale.

Bowman v. Monsanto Co. Et Al. (Supreme Court of the United States, 13 May 2013)

The United States Supreme Court decided that the use by a purchaser of self-replicating soybeans for planting purposes amounts to a reproduction of new soybeans and is therefore not covered by patent exhaustion.