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It took forever, but the auction service and the e-commerce technology company finally agree to a confidential settlement in which the disputed intellectual property will change hands.
A federal appeals court grants the stay to allow the Supreme Court time to review the case or send it back to lower courts.
Judge won't force the auction giant to stop using the MercExchange patent, but the tiny patent-licensing firm plans to appeal.
IP attorney John A. Artz says to expect reverberations from the Supreme Court's recent eBay v. MercExchange decision.
Patent Office's initial nod in MercExchange patent re-exam could rescue auction giant from costly infringement judgment.