March 2017
Supreme Court Decision Alters Patent Defense Landscape

In a highly-anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court held that patent holders can recover damages for infringement even when the patent holders unreasonably delayed filing a lawsuit. In SCA Hygiene Products AB v. First Quality Baby Products LLC, the Supreme Court eliminated laches as a defense to claims for damages in patent cases. Laches prevents a party from suing after an unreasonable delay.

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