Patent

Seven Month Delay While Actively Litigating Waives Venue Challenge

The court denied defendants' motion to dismiss or transfer for improper venue because defendants waived their venue challenge through their litigation conduct. "⁠[D]uring the seven months after the [TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Grp. Brands LLC, 137 S. Ct. 1514 (2017)] decision, [defendants] were actively litigating this case in this District. . . . [M]otions for summary judgment were denied. . . . A Claim Construction Order was issued shortly thereafter. . . . [Defendants] also filed two new motions for summary judgment before filing this Motion. . . . This procedural history reflects the type of 'tactical wait-and-see [...]

2018-06-22T12:01:04+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|

Seven Month Delay Alone Does Not Waive Venue Challenge

The court granted defendant's motion to transfer for improper venue and rejected plaintiff's argument that defendant waived its venue challenge. "Plaintiff does not appear to challenge the contention that venue in this Court is improper. Rather, Plaintiff argues that . . . Defendant forfeited its privilege to challenge venue by waiting nearly seven months after the [TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Grp. Brands LLC, 137 S. Ct. 1514 (2017)] decision to file its motion. . . . [D]espite Defendant’s delay in filing the instant motion, Plaintiff cites no undue prejudice caused by the delay; nor can the Court discern [...]

2018-06-22T12:01:03+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|

Common Interest Doctrine Does Not Apply to Unrepresented Parties

The court granted plaintiff's motion to compel the production of an email with a third party manufacturer that defendants clawed back under the common interest privilege because the manufacturer was not represented by counsel. "There is support for the position that all parties must be represented by counsel for the common interest exception to apply. . . . The requirement that each party to a common interest arrangement have an attorney also comports with the intent behind the common interest privilege, to permit attorneys to develop a joint legal strategy. . . . While this Court was not able to [...]

2018-06-21T11:48:03+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|

District Court Lacks Authority to Stay Execution of $68 Million Judgment Pending a Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court

Following the Federal Circuit's affirmance of the jury verdict, the magistrate judge recommended granting plaintiff's motion to enforce liability on defendant's $68 million supersedeas bond and rejected defendant's request to continue the stay pending its certiorari petition to the Supreme Court. "⁠[Rule 62(d)] does not specify when a stay under that provision expires or terminates. The great weight of authority regarding this issue, however, suggests that the Rule 62(d) stay expires when a circuit court issues its mandate. . . . I have found no authority to support [defendant's position] that district courts retain inherent authority to issue a stay [...]

2018-06-20T11:54:02+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|

Asserted Claims of Wireless Remote Control Patent Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss because the asserted claims of plaintiff’s wireless remote control patent encompassed unpatentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed toward an abstract idea. "The court concludes that because the asserted claims are directed towards the result -- and therefore, abstract idea -- of wirelessly controlling remote devices, they are patent-ineligible. The specification refers to '⁠[a] method for controlling a remote device[] over a wireless connection.' 'underscor[ing] that [the asserted claims are] directed to an abstract concept.' More importantly, the asserted claims provide only for generic processes and components to achieve that [...]

2018-06-19T12:01:02+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|

Plaintiff’s Lost Sales of Unpatented Products Supports Imposition of Preliminary Injunction

The magistrate judge recommended granting plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction prohibiting sales of the accused fire trucks and found that plaintiff established irreparable harm through lost sales of non-patented products. "The plaintiff, however, has shown by concrete examples, that when it sells its patent-covered quint to a fire department, there is a reasonable likelihood that the fire department will buy other fire apparatus as well. . . . If the defendants sell their allegedly infringing quints to customers, the plaintiffs opportunity to make sales of other apparatus to those customers in all likelihood will be lost. Moreover, there is [...]

2018-06-18T11:38:03+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|

Institution of Claims Based on SAS Mandate May Not Simplify Issues for Trial Such That a Stay of Litigation is Warranted

Following the PTAB’s supplemental institution decision in light of SAS Inst., Inc. v. Iancu, ___ U.S. ___, 138 S. Ct. 1348, 1352–54 (2018) instituting inter partes review of all challenged claims of the patents-in-suit, the court granted defendants’ motion to stay because the potential for simplification of issues, the stage of the litigation, and lack of prejudice to plaintiff weighed in favor of a stay. “The PTAB issued the Supplemental Orders to review [new claims of two patents-in-suit] only because the SAS Institute decision dictates that result—not because [defendants] had demonstrated a reasonable likelihood that those claims were unpatentable on [...]

2018-06-15T11:50:02+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|

SAS Prompts Post-Trial Stay of Entry of Judgment on Willful Infringement Verdict

Following a jury trial but prior to the entry of judgment, the court sua sponte stayed plaintiff's patent infringement action pending inter partes review after the PTAB reinstituted review in response to the Supreme Court's decision in SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu, 138 S. Ct. 1348 (2018). "A jury returned a verdict in [plaintiff's] favor, finding that the asserted claims of the [patent-in-suit] are not invalid and that [defendants] willfully infringed the asserted claims. . . . Following the jury trial but prior to entry of final judgment . . . the Supreme Court held that the PTAB must address [...]

2018-06-14T11:23:02+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|

Discovery Concerning Potential Litigation Funding is Not Relevant or Proportional

The court denied defendants' motion to compel additional discovery regarding plaintiff's litigation funding because defendants failed to establish relevance or proportionality. "⁠[D]efendants move to compel production of Board minutes that discuss the potential funding, and move to complete the deposition of [plaintiff's board member], who declined to answer questions about the potential funding. . . . [Plaintiff] contests the relevance of the information requested and proffers an important piece of information: it does not have any third-party litigation financing. The Court is not persuaded that the materials sought are relevant to any party’s claim or defense and 'proportional to the [...]

2018-06-13T11:16:02+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|

Lack of Specific Dosage Amounts and Frequencies of Administration Does Not Render Claims for Method of Treating Pain Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

The court denied defendant's motion to reconsider an earlier order granting plaintiff's motion for summary judgment that the asserted claims of its pain treatment patents did not encompass unpatentable subject matter. "The fact that certain of the claims do not recite specific dosage amounts and frequencies of administration is not fatal to the patent eligibility of the 'PK-only' claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101. A claim to a method of treating an illness is typically more than an expression of a natural law; if it were otherwise, pharmaceutical patents would be hard to come by, as most methods of treatment [...]

2018-06-12T10:58:03+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|