High Court Cases May Strike Blow Against 'Patent Trolls'

Law360, New York (February 24, 2014, 7:15 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in two cases that could make it considerably easier for courts to impose sanctions on plaintiffs that bring "baseless" patent suits, a shift that attorneys say could cut down on suits by so-called patent trolls.

The petitioners in the separate cases are asking the justices to relax the standard for awarding attorneys' fees to the prevailing party as a sanction when the judge deems a case "exceptional" and to rule that such awards are entitled to deference...
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