Lexmark: Patentee may include post-sale conditions

ACRA sued Lexmark for unfair business practices based on Lexmark’s “prebate” program that allows customers to receive $30 off the price of a printer cartridge if they agree to return the empty cartridge to Lexmark — rather than allowing a third-party remanufacturer to refill the cartridge. ACRA argued that this practice was a restriction on alienability that should be barred.


Source: Patent Law


Posted: Mon - September 5, 2005 at 08:40 AM