High Court Won't Consider Patent 'No-Challenge' Clauses

Law360, New York (January 14, 2013, 5:02 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it wouldn't weigh in on the Second Circuit's ruling that prelitigation patent licensing deals cannot be used to bar a licensee from later challenging the validity of a patent, even if the deal is called a legal settlement.

The high court denied a petition for writ of certiorari from Rates Technology Inc., leaving in place the appeal's court's July holding that a "no-challenge clause" in the company's licensing deal with Best Buy Co. Inc. was void and unenforceable....
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