EFF, Others Ask Supreme Court To Reinstate "Patent Exhaustion Doctrine"
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumers Union, and Public Knowledge have joined forces and filed an amicus brief (PDF) in a pending Supreme Court case that could help set limits on the number of times in a single supply chain that a patent holder can profit from its patents.
The public interest groups that have now filed a brief in the case see this as part of a larger issue: when you buy a product, do you own it? Can you control it? Can you repair it? The EFF, in particular, has fought for consumer ownership in several recent cases, including Lexmark's attempt to restrict the market for refilling its pricey inkjet cartridges.