Lear, Inc. v. Adkins

Lear, Inc. v. Adkins
by the Supreme Court of the United States

Lear, Inc. v. Adkins, 395 U.S. 653 (1969), is a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the doctrine of licensee estoppel and holding that public interest considerations require that licensees be free to challenge the validity of possibly spurious patents under which they are licensed. This entailed the overruling of Automatic Radio Mfg. Co. v. Hazeltine Research, Inc., 339 U.S. 827 (1950) and prior cases that it had reaffirmed. Excerpted from Lear, Inc. v. Adkins on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Court Documents
Concurring Opinion

United States Supreme Court

395 U.S. 653

LEAR, INC., Petitioner,  v.  John S. ADKINS.

 Argued: Nov. 20 and 21, 1968. --- Decided: June 16, 1969

[Syllabus from pages 653-654 intentionally omitted]

C. Russell Hale, Pasadena, Cal., for petitioner.

Lawrence G. Wallace, Washington, D.C., for the United States, as amicus curiae, by special leave of Court.

Peter R. Cohen, Beverly Hills, Cal., for respondent.

Mr. Justice HARLAN delivered the opinion of the Court.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).