Settlement Negotiation Docs Not Privileged, Fed. Circ. Says

Law360, New York (April 9, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday said that documents detailing settlement negotiations over royalty rates and damages in patent disputes are not protected by privilege, letting stand an order requiring technology company MSTG Inc. to hand over such documents to AT&T Mobility Inc.

In a precedential ruling, a three-judge panel said that patent settlement and licensing agreement documents should not be protected from disclosure in future patent cases and that MSTG's settlement negotiation documents did not meet the U.S. Supreme Court's criteria for defining a new privilege....
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