ISP Urges High Court Not To Review Patent Contract Case

Law360, New York (December 14, 2012, 5:04 PM EST) -- An Internet service provider has urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a Second Circuit decision killing a patent holding company's $12 million contract suit, saying the ruling correctly held that patent-licensing agreements styled as settlements can't bar a licensee from challenging a patent's validity.

Seattle-based Internet service provider Speakeasy Inc. said the Second Circuit correctly applied the standard set by the Supreme Court's 1969 ruling in Lear Inc. v. Adkins, which overturned so-called licensee estoppel — a doctrine that had allowed a licensee to...
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