Thursday, March 23, 2017
Patents Are A Big Part Of Why We Can’t Own Nice Things: the Supreme Court Should Fix That; Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), March 21, 2017
Kerry Sheehan, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF);
"Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could allow companies to keep a dead hand of control over their products, even after you buy them. The case, Impression Products v. Lexmark International, is on appeal from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who last year affirmed its own precedent allowing patent holders to restrict how consumers can use the products they buy. That decision, and the precedent it relied on, departs from long established legal rules that safeguard consumers and enable innovation."