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The sole question presented here is whether we should overrule Brulotte. Adhering to principles of stare decisis, we decline to do so.
Critics of the Brulotte rule must seek relief not from this Court but from Congress. Kimble sued Marvel in alleging, among other things, patent infringement.
The parties ultimately settled that litigation. The parties set no end date for royalties, apparently contemplating that they would continue for as long as kids want to imitate Spider-Man by doing whatever a spider can.
And then Marvel stumbled across Brulotte, the case at the heart of this dispute. In negotiating the settlement, neither side was aware of Brulotte.
But Marvel must have been pleased to learn of it. The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed, though making clear that it was none too happy about doing so. We granted certiorari, U. II Patents endow their holders with certain superpowers, but only for a limited time.
In crafting the patent laws, Congress struck a balance between fostering innovation and ensuring public access to discoveries. While a patent lasts, the patentee possesses exclusive rights to the patented article—rights he may sell Syllabus spring 2015 revb 1st bbd license for royalty payments if he so chooses.
But a patent typically expires 20 years from the day the application for it was filed. In case after case, the Court has construed those laws to preclude measures that restrict free access to formerly patented, as well as unpatentable, inventions.
In one line of cases, we have struck down state statutes with that consequence. Thunder Craft Boats, Inc. In a related line of decisions, we have deemed unenforceable private contract provisions limiting free use of such inventions. In Scott Paper Co. Brulotte was brewed in the same barrel.
To arrive at that conclusion, the Court began with the statutory provision setting the length of a patent term. The Brulotte rule, like others making contract provisions unenforceable, prevents some parties from entering into deals they desire. A more extended payment period, coupled as it presumably would be with a lower rate, may bring the price the patent holder seeks within the range of a cash-strapped licensee.
Anyone who has bought a product on installment can relate. Or such an extended term may better allocate the risks and rewards associated with commercializing inventions—most notably, when years of development work stand between licensing a patent and bringing a product to market.
As to either goal, Brulotte may pose an obstacle.
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Yet parties can often find ways around Brulotte, enabling them to achieve those same ends. To start, Brulotte allows a licensee to defer payments for pre-expiration use of a patent into the post-expiration period; all the decision bars are royalties for using an invention after it has moved into the public domain.
That arrangement would at least bring down early outlays, even if it would not do everything the parties might want to allocate risk over a long timeframe. And parties have still more options when a licensing agreement covers either multiple patents or additional non-patent rights.
Too, post-expiration royalties are allowable so long as tied to a non-patent right—even when closely related to a patent.
Finally and most broadly, Brulotte poses no bar to business arrangements other than royalties—all kinds of joint ventures, for example—that enable parties to share the risks and rewards of commercializing an invention.
Of primary importance in this context, Kimble posits, is whether a patent holder has power in the relevant market and so might be able to curtail competition.
III Overruling precedent is never a small matter. Bay Mills Indian Commu-nity, U. It also reduces incentives for challenging settled precedents, saving parties and courts the expense of endless relitigation. Respecting stare decisis means sticking to some wrong decisions.
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Indeed, stare decisis has consequence only to the extent it sustains incorrect decisions; correct judgments have no need for that principle to prop them up. Accordingly, an argument that we got something wrong—even a good argument to that effect—cannot by itself justify scrapping settled precedent.
Or otherwise said, it is not alone sufficient that we would decide a case differently now than we did then. What is more, stare decisis carries enhanced force when a decision, like Brulotte, interprets a statute.
Then, unlike in a constitutional case, critics of our ruling can take their objections across the street, and Congress can correct any mistake it sees.The Committee interviewed Rev. Vosper on June 29, and delivered its report on September 8, The majority of the committee recommended that Rev.
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