Patent Trolls To Think Twice After High Court Rulings

Law360, New York (April 29, 2014, 8:53 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decisions Tuesday making it easier for courts to award attorneys' fees in meritless patent suits will drive up sanctions requests and make patent trolls and other plaintiffs think twice before bringing weak cases, attorneys say.

In a pair of unanimous decisions, the high court ruled that the Federal Circuit had used rigid tests that made it too difficult for courts to award fees in patent cases. The justices held that a prevailing party is entitled to fees when the losing party's case "stands out from others" or is litigated in an "unreasonable manner" and that a judge's...

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