Justices Divided Over Sanctions For 'Baseless' Patent Suits

Law360, New York (February 26, 2014, 8:37 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split Wednesday on whether it should be easier for judges to sanction patent litigants who take baseless positions, with some justices suggesting the tactic should be used against so-called patent trolls and others questioning whether judges will make the right call.

The high court heard oral arguments in two cases over the statute that allows judges to order losing parties in patent cases to pay the prevailing party's attorneys' fees, one dealing with the legal standard for fee awards and one...
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