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Justices May Take Away Weapon Favored By NPE Defendants

Law360, New York (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...

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