SCOTUS Petrella Ruling Could Impact Patent Cases

Law360, New York (October 23, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT) -- On Oct. 1, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., No. 12-1315, on the question of whether the equitable defense of laches is available without restriction to bar remedies for civil copyright claims filed within the three-year statute of limitations prescribed by the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 507(b). Even though the court’s question concerns the Copyright Act, the history of the doctrine of laches and its contours find parallels in patent law. Patent practitioners should watch the Petrella decision because,...
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