Justices May Take Away Weapon Favored By NPE Defendants

By Ryan Davis (October 31, 2016, 10:37 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case to determine whether laches should remain a defense in patent infringement cases after it was largely eliminated in copyright cases, putting a tool that attorneys say is useful against nonpracticing entities in limbo.

Taking away the laches defense in patent cases would be particularly felt by defendants in nonpracticing entity cases, attorneys say. (AP) Laches bars legal remedies when a plaintiff unreasonably delays bringing a suit, and the basic question in the case is whether a 2014 high court decision involving the film "Raging Bull" that took away laches as...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!