Washington antitrust partner Jake Kramer published an article on May 23 in the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal predicting that the Supreme Court would put an end to the “conditional sale” doctrine, which allows patent holders to sue for infringement to enforce post-sale restrictions that limit the manner in which a patented invention may be used or resold. Just days after the article was published, the Supreme Court issued its opinion and ruled that all patent rights are exhausted once a patented good is sold. This ruling leaves patent owners with contract rights that are difficult to enforce against customers and aftermarket competitors, as well as a heightened risk of antitrust liability. To read the full article, click here.