Justices' Laches Decision Could Be Boon For Patent Owners

Law360, New York (March 21, 2017, 9:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday that laches cannot be used as a defense in many patent cases could strengthen the hand of patent owners and lead to larger damages in certain instances, while forcing companies who might be targeted with infringement claims to be more wary of older patents.

A number of companies had urged the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve laches as a defense in patent cases, arguing that nonpracticing entities could otherwise unreasonably sit on infringement claims to maximize damages. (AP) The 7-1 ruling vacated the Federal Circuit's decision that laches — an equitable doctrine barring suits after unreasonable delays...

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