In a victory for big patent holders, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of eBay in a closely watched dispute. The unanimous decision spells an end to the long-standing presumption in patent cases that an injunction should issue almost automatically when infringement is found. That presumption has been used as leverage against manufacturers that would rather settle with challengers than risk seeing a product halted in its tracks. The ruling sends the dispute back to Virginia federal court.
Supreme Court Ruling for eBay a Major Victory for Big Patent Holders
May 16, 2006