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Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc.

Docket No.: 06-937
Certiorari Granted: 9/25/2007
Argued: January 16, 2008
Decided: June 9, 2008

Topics:

Sherman Act, antitrust, copyright, patent

PartyNames: Quanta Computer, Inc., et al. v. LG Electronics, Inc.
Petitioner: Quanta Computer, Inc., et al.
Respondent: LG Electronics, Inc.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Citation: 453 F3d 1364
Supreme Court Docket

Quanta Computer, Inc., et al.
v.
LG Electronics, Inc.
553 U.S. 617 (2008)
Question Presented:

Whether the Federal Circuit erred by holding, in conflict with decisions of this Court and other courts of appeals, that respondent's patent rights were not exhausted by its license agreement with Intel Corporation, and Intel's subsequent sale of product under the license to petitioners.

Question:

May a patent holder seek royalties from companies other than its direct purchaser as the patented product is integrated into larger components during the manufacturing process?

Note:

EXPEDITED BRIEFING SCHEDULE

Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc.
ORAL ARGUMENT

January 16, 2008

Holding: reversed
Vote: 9-0
Majority: unanimous
Opinion By:

Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc.
Case Documents

1Quanta Computer, Inc., et al. v. LG Electronics, Inc. Oral Argument Transcript
2Quanta Computer, Inc., et al. v. LG Electronics, Inc. Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
3Slip Opinion in Quanta Computer, Inc., et al. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (Opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas)
4Quanta Computer, Inc., et al. v. LG Electronics, Inc. Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
Additional documents for this case are pending review.