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eBay, Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C.
Citation:547 U.S. 388 (2006)
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MercExchange held a patent for a business method using an electronic market to facilitate the sale of goods between private individuals. eBay operated a website that allowed private individuals to auction or sell their goods. Half.com was a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay and operated a similar website. MercExchange sought to license its patent to eBay and Half.com. Unfortunately, the parties were unable to reach an agreement and MercExchange filed suit against the websites.
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