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No. 11-796
 In the Supreme Court of the United States
 
 V 
ERNON
H
UGH
B
OWMAN
,
PETITIONER
v.
 M
ONSANTO
C
OMPANY
,
ET AL
.
ON PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT 
BRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATES AS AMICUS CURIAE
D
ONALD
B.
 
 V 
ERRILLI
,
 
J
R
.
 Solicitor GeneralCounsel of Record
S
TUART
F.
 
D
ELERY
 
 Acting Assistant AttorneyGeneral
M
 ALCOLM
L.
 
S
TEWART
 
 Deputy Solicitor General
M
ELISSA 
 A 
RBUS
S
HERRY
 
 Assistant to the Solicitor General
S
COTT
R.
 
M
C
I
NTOSH
 M
 ARK
 W.
 
P
ENNAK
 
 Attorneys Department of JusticeWashington, D.C. 20530-0001 SupremeCtBriefs@usdoj.gov(202) 514-2217 
 
 (I)
QUESTION
 
PRESENTED
 Whether the authorized sale of one generation of a patented plant seed exhausts a patentee’s right tocontrol subsequent generations of that seed.
 
 (III)
TABLE
 
OF
 
CONTENTS
PageStatement ............................................................................................1Discussion: A. Although the Federal Circuit’s “conditional sale”doctrine is inconsistent with this Court’s prece-dents, the court of appeals did not rely on thatdoctrine here ............................................................................6B. The authorized sale of a patented article does notgrant the purchaser the right to make a newlyinfringing article .................................................................. 12Conclusion ........................................................................................ 20
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
Cases: 
 Adams
 v
. Burke
, 84 U.S. (17 Wall.) 453 (1873) .................. 7, 18
 American Cotton-Tie Co.
v.
 Simmons
, 106 U.S. 89(1882) ................................................................................ 13, 14
 Aro Mfg. Co.
 v.
Convertible Top Replacement Co.
:365 U.S. 336 (1961) ................................................................ 13377 U.S. 476 (1964) ...................................................................7
 Asgrow Seed Co.
v.
Winterboer 
, 513 U.S. 179 (1995) ...... 16, 17
 B. Braun Med., Inc.
 v.
 Abbott Labs.
, 124 F.3d 1419(Fed. Cir. 1997) ...................................................................... 10
 Bilski
 v.
 Kappos
, 130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010) .................................. 20
 Bloomer 
 v.
 McQuewan
, 55 U.S. (14 How.) 539 (1853) .............7
 Bobbs-Merrill Co.
v.
 Straus
, 210 U.S. 339 (1908) .................. 13
 Brulotte
 v
. Thys Co.
, 379 U.S. 29 (1964) .....................................7
 Deepsouth Packing Co.
v.
 Laitram Corp.
, 406 U.S. 518(1972) ...................................................................................... 15
 Diamond
 v
. Chakrabarty
, 447 U.S. 303 (1980) ...................... 19
 

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