November 28, 2005
Supreme Court Takes eBay Patent Appeal
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by eBay over a patent dispute with MercExchange. The patents at issue involve eBay's Buy it Now feature where consumers can buy an item for a fixed price. The District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found that eBay violated two patents held by MercExchange and assessed damages of $29.5 million. However, the court declined to issue a permanent injunction against eBay. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held one of the patents invalid, reduced damages to $25 million, and ordered the lower court to issue the injunction. The Supreme Court will decide whether the appeals court erred in ordering the permanent injunction once infringement of a valid patent has been determined.
The Reuters story (via the Washington Post) on this is here.
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