Full Fed. Circ. Asked To Eye Patent Impact Of 'Raging Bull'

Law360, New York (October 16, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT) -- SCA Personal Care Inc. asked the full Federal Circuit on Wednesday to review a decision that SCA's adult diaper patent suit was barred by the doctrine of laches, saying the U.S. Supreme Court's "Raging Bull" decision limiting laches as a defense in copyright cases applies equally to patent law.

SCA filed a petition for en banc rehearing of a September panel decision that, because SCA waited too long to sue rival First Quality Baby Products LLC, the case warranted dismissal based on laches — the equitable doctrine barring suits after unreasonable delays.

The panel relied on a 1992 en banc Federal...

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