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Intellectual Property Law

1992

University of Washington School of Law

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Extending The New Patent Misuse Limitation To Copyright: Lasercomb America, Inc. V. Reynolds, Toshiko Takenaka Jan 1992

Extending The New Patent Misuse Limitation To Copyright: Lasercomb America, Inc. V. Reynolds, Toshiko Takenaka

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This Article examines the decisional history that shaped the misuse doctrine and the interplay between the misuse defense and antitrust liability in patent and copyright infringement litigation. In particular, by examining the public interest and policy considerations underlying patent and antitrust laws, this Article compares and evaluates the new view that misuse must be analyzed by the conventional antitrust theories expressed by Judge Posner in USM Corp. v. SPS Technologies Inc. and the traditional view that was derived from the equity doctrine expressed in Morton Salt v. G.S. Suppiger.

Furthermore, this Article reviews the legislative history and the impact ...