What is the test for “clean hands” in a patent dispute?

British Columbia, Canada

The following excerpt is from Young v. Beck, 2016 BCSC 562 (CanLII):

The concept of “clean hands” is qualified in that it must be “in relation to the subject matter of the dispute.” (See: Silcox v. Field, 2010 BCSC 1373 para. 76). The sort of ongoing irritation at the root of this kind of dispute is common, but does not, in the circumstances, have any useful bearing on the proprietary issue that is the subject matter of this proceeding.

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