'Raging Bull' Copyright Opinion May Impact Patent Cases

Law360, New York (May 27, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT) -- In a 6-3 majority opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. held that the equitable doctrine of laches could not be invoked as a bar to the pursuit of a claim for damages for copyright infringement brought within the Copyright Act's three-year limitations period.[1] This provision reads: "No civil action shall be maintained under the provisions of this title unless it is commenced within three years after the claim accrued." 17 U.S.C. § 507(b).

Justice Ginsburg found that the Ninth Circuit failed "to recognize that the copyright statute of limitations, § 507(b),...

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