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Recent U.S. Decisions Affecting Licensing
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District Court Finds that Overseas Sales of a Patented Component Licensed Under A World-Wide License Agreement Can Exhaust U.S. Patent Rights in Products Containing that Component
A California court recently held that U.S. patent rights could be exhausted by the sale of patented components outside the United States when such sales were made under a worldwide license to sell and import those components. As such, the patent owner could not assert its U.S. patent rights against an entity who incorporated those components in its products for sale in the U.S.
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