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District court orders eBay to pay $30 million

Eileen McDermott, New York

A district court in Virginia last week found that eBay’s popular “buy it now” feature had infringed a business method patent owned by MercExchange, ordering the online marketplace to pay $30 million in damages

In May 2006, the Supreme Court famously rejected MercExchange’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the case, thereby overturning the Federal Circuit practice that injunctions should always be issued in patents cases unless there are exceptional circumstances.
However, in last...

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