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High Court Strikes Double Blow Against Patent Trolls

Law360, New York (April 29, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday made it considerably easier for courts to impose sanctions on so-called patent trolls and other plaintiffs that bring meritless patent suits, relaxing two Federal Circuit tests that it said were too restrictive.

In one decision, the justices held that judges can award attorneys' fees in a case that merely "stands out from others," rejecting the Federal Circuit's rule that sanctions are appropriate only when a case is "objectively baseless" and "brought in subjective bad faith."

In a second decision, the court ruled that a judge's decision to award attorneys' fees are entitled to deference on...

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