IP at the Supreme Court Series: Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc.

Supreme Court Building

March 31, 2015
5:15pm | Room 600 

Reception to Follow

In PIJIP’s ongoing Supreme Court Series, a panel of counsel for amici and parties will discuss the case on the afternoon following oral argument before the Court. The live webcast will be available once the event begins.


  • Prof. Michael Carroll, American University Washington College of Law (Moderator)
  • Roman Melnik, Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP, counsel for petitioners Stephen Kimble and Robert Michael Grabb
  • Thomas Saunders, WilmerHale, counsel for respondent Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
  • Charles Duan, Public Knowledge, counsel for amicus curiae Public Knowledge
  • Brian Seal, RatnerPrestia, counsel for amicus curiae Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc.
  • Richard Samp, Washington Legal Foundation, counsel for amicus curiae Washington Legal Foundation
  • Joshua Segal, Jenner & Block LLP, counsel for amicus curiae AIPLA (invited)


Whether this Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se.”


Decision: June 22, 2015
Argument: TranscriptAudio

All briefs available on SCOTUSblog: Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc.