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October 1, 2013
SCOTUS Looks to Move Back Into IP Disputes
Nice summary just went up on SCOTUSBlog from Lyle Denniston on the grants today of cert in eight cases. One is a copyright case (Petrella v. MGM, over the movie "Raging Bull") and tests whether/how the promptness of infringement claims may affect rights.
The Court might also be stepping into the patent troll dispute as it agreed to hear Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Management Systems, which questions whether attorney fee awards can be used to deter patent trolling. The other fee case (Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness Inc.) looks to be less headline-grabbing, but still important as it addresses issues of attorney fee awards in cases where a patent defense has been mounted.
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