Artrip v. Ball Corporation et al, 1-14-cv-00014 (VAWD March 22, 2017, Order) (Jones, USDJ)
Friday, March 24, 2017
SCA Hygiene Products Bars Laches Defense During 6-Year Limitations Period
Having previously observed that "the doctrine of laches likely bar[s] the plaintiff’s claims," the court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment on its laches defense in light of the Supreme Court's decision in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927 (U.S. Mar. 21, 2017). "That decision has now been rendered, the Court holding that '[l]aches cannot be interposed as a defense against damages where the infringement occurred within the period prescribed by [35 U.S.C.] § 286. Accordingly, it appearing proper, it is ordered [that] [defendant's] Motion for Summary Judgment Based on Laches is denied."