Amicus Brief Submitted in En Banc Federal Circuit Case Regarding Laches

Published April 21, 2015

On April 21, 2015, Klarquist submitted an amicus brief to the Federal Circuit on behalf of a group of companies, asking the Court to reaffirm the viability of the laches defense in patent law. The amicus brief, filed in connection with the pending en banc rehearing of SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 2013-1564 (Fed. Cir.), argues that the recent Supreme Court copyright decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1962 (2014), does not alter the policy considerations underlying the historical availability of the laches defense in patent cases. Signatories to the amicus brief included Garmin International, Inc., Limelight Networks, Inc., LinkedIn Corp., Mentor Graphics Corporation, Newegg Inc., SAP America, Inc., SAS Institute Inc., Symmetry LLC, and Xilinx, Inc.

[13-1564 Brief of Amici Curiae]