Tuesday, August 08, 2006
EBay Inc. vs. MercExchange, LLC makes it harder for "patent trolls" to stifle research and development. A commentary in Genetic Engineering News by Courtenay C. Brickerhoff (for which I cannot find a direct link) alerted me to this. Justice Kennedy questioned the "potential vagueness and suspect validity" of business method practices. Brickerhoff is rightly concerned that the ruling will apply as well to many biotech patents. See my comments on Labcorp-vs. Metabolite Laboratories.