Supreme Court Faceoff Nears For eBay, MercExchange

Law360, New York (March 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear a pivotal patent case against online auctioneer eBay Inc. which is expected to set new standards for the use of damaging permanent injunctions and what kinds of companies are entitled to them.

The case’s appearance at the Supreme Court is considered unusual by many experts, who are surprised that justices would consider a fundamental transformation of patent law instead of encouraging changes through legislation.

The Court accepted eBay’s writ of certiorari in November 2005, eight months after the...
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