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EBay will appeal a federal judge's decision earlier this week relating to its long-running patent dispute with MercExchange. US District Court Judge Jerome Friedman approved a roughly $30 million judgment against eBay Inc. in the four-year-old case that revolves around eBay's “Buy It Now” option. MercExchange contends the offering, which sells merchandise at a fixed price instead of fluctuating bids, infringes on its patented technology.

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