Review of Lexmark Case Backed by Obama Government

The administration of the U.S. government has supported the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling on a case of patent infringement.

According to Reuters, the U.S. Acting Solicitor General has urged the Supreme Court to review the verdict given by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).

In February, the CAFC upheld that the Impression Products (IP), a producer of printer cartridges had infringed the patents of Lexmark. Lexmark claims that IP’s import of its remanufactured cartridges back to the U.S. has violated the “no resale” restrictions in the U.S. and abroad.

Such judgment toppled a ruling of clearing IP’s liability of selling Lexmark’s cartridges in the U.S. after the cartridges had been sold abroad first.

As reported by, IP is the only company that didn’t settle with Lexmark in its case of patent infringements in 2010. Six years ago, Lexmark had sued several companies by claiming that they had infringed the patents of its toner-cartridges through remanufacturing and reselling them.

Consumers also consider that the U.S. patent law should not constrain customers from reselling or changing products they legally bought.

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