In recent times, there exists a lot of confusion as to the patent exhaustion doctrine and its implications on conditional sales and international patent exhaustion. Current patent exhaustion laws do not allow for international patent exhaustion, whereas current copyright exhaustion laws favor removal of geographical boundaries and facilitate commerce. This comment examines the evolution of the patent exhaustion doctrine and compares the Lexmark Int l, Inc. v. Impression Prods. case to Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and proposes solution in favor of international patent exhaustion.
Gouthami Vanam, Impact of Lexmark Case on Patent Exhaustion, 16 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 487 (2017)