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The Licensing Journal publishes “Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises: A Reminder to Think Carefully When Drafting Patent Licenses” by Jim Hall

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August 2015 | Article

Jim Hall, a member of the Intellectual Property Department, published "Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises: A Reminder to Think Carefully When Drafting Patent Licenses" in The Licensing Journal’s August 2015 issue. The article discusses how in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. 576 U.S. __ (2015), the Supreme Court relied on stare decisis, declining to overrule its 1964 Brulotte v. Thys Co. decision and holding that a patent owner cannot charge royalties for the use of an invention after the patent expires.

Justice Kagan’s June 22, 2015 opinion affirmed the appellate court’s decision and maintains the status quo for patent licensing practice. Isaac and Jim note that as before, licensors should steer clear of Brulotte’s ban on post expiration royalties. However, the parties can use other intellectual property that is likely to live well beyond an underlying patent (e.g., trademark, trade secret) and other financial tools (e.g., amortization, partnering) to reach a competitive, mutually beneficial, and enforceable license agreement that exists beyond the life of the underlying patent.

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