For use by students enrolled in LWN117, Cyberlaw and Policy (QUT).
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
US Government sideas against eBay in patent dispute
The US Office of the Solicitor General said in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court on Friday that eBay willfully infringed on patents held by Great Falls-based MercExchange LLC and should be enjoined from using its "Buy It Now" feature, which allows users to buy goods at fixed prices rather than compete in auctions. Goods sold using that system account for about a third of eBay's business. Read more here.