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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.
San Francisco start-up RPX says it plans to buy patents for products it neither produces nor sells in order to offer legal protection for companies such as clients Cisco Systems and IBM.
A federal appeals court grants the stay to allow the Supreme Court time to review the case or send it back to lower courts.
The 200-year-old system wasn't meant to rule out patents on software and business methods, and it's also pretty well built for weeding out the "trolls," says Jon Dudas.
Judge won't force the auction giant to stop using the MercExchange patent, but the tiny patent-licensing firm plans to appeal.
Justices are expected to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could have broad implications for the tech industry.
IP attorney John A. Artz says to expect reverberations from the Supreme Court's recent eBay v. MercExchange decision.
Lawmakers continue to consider new rules aimed at discouraging "patent trolls."
For observers of all things Apple Computer, this week was chock-full of the good, the bad and the what-is-that?
Justices order a lower court to review the case and consider a medley of factors before issuing patent injunctions.