Feds Argue Against eBay In Patent Fight

Law360, New York (March 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The federal government dealt a blow to eBay Inc. and its efforts regarding a patent dispute with e-commerce technology company MercExchange LLC—a quarrel which threatens to terminate one of the Web auctioneer’s most popular shopping features.

The two companies have been involved in an ongoing legal dispute in which the Great Falls-based MercExchange has contended that the popular online auction house is infringing on its patents related to the “Buy It Now” shopping feature on eBay’s site. The feature lets customers bypass auctions and purchase items...
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