Supreme Court Takes eBay's Injunction Appeal

Law360, New York (November 28, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a surprise move, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday to hear the appeal of online auctioneer eBay Inc., which is trying to avoid a damaging permanent injunction against its “buy-it-now” feature by e-commerce technology company MercExchange LLC.

While the financial futures of both companies are at stake, the question keeping all eyes on the case is how permanent injunctions will be used once both patent validity and infringement have been proven in court.

Many experts consider it unusual for long-standing precedent to be put up...
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