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November 29, 2005 | From Reuters
The Supreme Court said Monday that it would consider an appeal by online auctioneer EBay Inc. in a case that could determine when it is appropriate to grant an injunction against a patent infringer. EBay, found to have infringed an e-commerce patent held by MercExchange for fixed-price sales, is asking whether an appeals court erred in deciding a permanent injunction must generally be issued once infringement of a valid patent has been determined.
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February 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
EBay Inc. has settled a seven-year patent dispute with MercExchange that prompted an important intellectual-property ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. The San Jose-based online auction company said Thursday that it had bought the three MercExchange patents it had been accused of violating. The price was not disclosed, but EBay said the amount would not materially affect its financial results. Great Falls, Va.
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BUSINESS
February 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
EBay Inc. has settled a seven-year patent dispute with MercExchange that prompted an important intellectual-property ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. The San Jose-based online auction company said Thursday that it had bought the three MercExchange patents it had been accused of violating. The price was not disclosed, but EBay said the amount would not materially affect its financial results. Great Falls, Va.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2005 | From Reuters
The Supreme Court said Monday that it would consider an appeal by online auctioneer EBay Inc. in a case that could determine when it is appropriate to grant an injunction against a patent infringer. EBay, found to have infringed an e-commerce patent held by MercExchange for fixed-price sales, is asking whether an appeals court erred in deciding a permanent injunction must generally be issued once infringement of a valid patent has been determined.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2002 | BOB PORTERFIELD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
On a typically sultry summer afternoon in the nation's capital, EBay Inc. attorney Andrew Kumamoto walked into a conference room to talk patents with a Virginia inventor. That discussion, held to gauge EBay's interest in acquiring patents held by Tom Woolston and his company, MercExchange, has led to a David-and-Goliath confrontation that some consider nothing more than an attempt to pick EBay's pocket.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Online auction giant EBay Inc. has won a round in a patent-infringement battle over the technology behind its "buy it now" feature. An appeals court this month upheld a $25-million verdict against EBay in a suit filed by MercExchange, which claimed that the larger company was improperly using its technology. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued an initial finding that one of MercExchange's patents underlying the case should be revoked.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Supreme Court debated the rights of inventors Wednesday, weighing in on a dispute between EBay Inc. and a small Virginia patent holder. The case's outcome could mean millions of dollars for inventors working in their garages or in large pharmaceutical labs -- including those who develop a product and those who opt only to patent ideas.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
In a decision that could force EBay Inc. to change some of its auctions, a federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling that the e-commerce powerhouse infringed a patent owned by a small Virginia business. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said EBay's fixed-price auctions and some of its online payment methods violate a patent obtained by Great Falls, Va.-based MercExchange Inc., which sued EBay in September 2001.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A federal appeals court issued a stay involving a patent lawsuit that might require EBay Inc. to change its "Buy It Now" feature while the Supreme Court considers a request to review the case. The online auction giant had petitioned the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington for the stay. In 2001, MercExchange sued EBay, alleging that it infringed two of its patents related to fixed-price trading.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2003 | From Reuters
EBay Inc. on Monday said it took a $30-million charge in the second quarter after a federal court ruled against the online auction house in a patent infringement case. The charge reduces EBay's second-quarter earnings by about 16%. A federal judge last week ordered EBay to pay MercExchange $29.5 million for infringing an e-commerce patent that MercExchange said was key to EBay's "Buy It Now" feature. The charge reduced EBay's quarterly net income to $91.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2002 | BOB PORTERFIELD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
On a typically sultry summer afternoon in the nation's capital, EBay Inc. attorney Andrew Kumamoto walked into a conference room to talk patents with a Virginia inventor. That discussion, held to gauge EBay's interest in acquiring patents held by Tom Woolston and his company, MercExchange, has led to a David-and-Goliath confrontation that some consider nothing more than an attempt to pick EBay's pocket.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
EBay Inc. lost a bid to overturn a jury finding that it infringed a Virginia company's patents for conducting sales over the Internet. The federal judge, however, reduced the amount it would have to pay in damages to $29.5 million. MercExchange of Great Falls, Va., claimed that EBay and its Half.com unit infringed patents for the technology. The dispute centered on EBay's "fixed price" sales. A jury in May told the online auction company to pay $35 million. U.S. District Judge Jerome B.
OPINION
May 17, 2006
THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING on patent law came a few weeks too late to help the company that makes the BlackBerry, but it is all the buzz among the BlackBerry set. And with any luck, the decision, announced Monday, will create some buzz in Congress for patent reform. The case pitted auction giant EBay Inc. against MercExchange, a defunct e-commerce company.
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