Archive | Civil Procedure

Unsupportable Claim Construction Warrants 12(b)(6) Dismissal

Where the plaintiff could only rely on a construction of a patent claim term that was implausible, a magistrate judge recommended dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint under FRCP 12(b)(6).  Bartonfalls, LLC v. Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., Case No. 2:16-cv-1127-JRG-RSP (E.D. Texas, March 15, 2017).  Claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,917,922 and 8,769,561 recited a “TV […]

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Pleading Requirements for Standard-Based Patent Infringement

To “simply identify a technical standard without further explanation” is not sufficient to survive a motion to dismiss a complaint for patent infringement, says a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Texas.  Stragent, LLC v. BMW of North America, Civil Action Nos.  6:16-cv-446-448-RSW-KNM (E.D. Texas March 3, 2017).  The court recommended dismissal of claims […]

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Does Pleading Patent Infringement Require a Claim Chart?

Pleading patent infringement does not require a claim chart, says a court considering the requirements for pleading both direct and indirect infringement under FRCP 8 and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662 (2009) and Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007). Crypto Research, LLC v. Assa Abloy, Inc., No. 16 Civ. 1718 (AMD) […]

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Another Reason Why Ex Parte Reexaminations May Not Be the Best Way to Challenge Patent Claims

Despite the defendant’s diligence in seeking an ex parte re-examination of the patent-in-suit by the USPTO shortly after being sued, a district court has denied the defendant’s motion for a stay.  Pro-Troll, Inc., v. Shortbus Flashers, Inc., No. 16-cv-04062-VC (N.D. Cal. Dec. 23, 2016).   The court’s reasoning included in an interesting comparison of ex parte […]

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Communications with Patent Agents and Foreign Associates – Recent Developments on Privilege

If you are, or work with, a patent agent – or if you are at one end or the other of communications between U.S. attorneys and foreign attorneys and/or patent agents – this recent presentation by my colleague Peter Keros has some useful information.  The basic takeaways are these.  First, patent agents are treated like […]

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Complaint Dismissed Two Uncharted Patent Claims Under Iqbal/Twombley Notice Pleading Standard

For those paying attention to the evolving law of notice pleading patent infringement, a Florida court confirmed that patent plaintiffs face a raised bar under Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662 (2009) and Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007)). The plaintiff, who provided a claim chart alleging a theory that one patent […]

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What Is a Party’s Burden in Seeking a Determination of Patent-Ineligibility?

A court denied a patent infringement defendant’s motion to dismiss under FRCP 12(b)(6); the defendant, alleging that four patents were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 for failing to recite patent-eligible matter, failed in its burden of stating a representative claim.  JSDQ Mesh Technologies LLC v. Fluidmesh Networks, No. 1-16-cv-00212 (D. Del. Sept. 6, 2016). The […]

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Some Complaints for Patent Infringement Easily Fail Under Iqbal and Twombley

Here is an example of how the abnegation of Form 18 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is changing patent litigation.  In Mike Murphy’s Enters. v. Fineline Indus., LLC, No. 1:16-cv-784-LJO-SAB (E.D. Cal. Aug. 4 2016), the court granted a Rule12(b)(6) motion and dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint alleging infringement of United States Patent No. […]

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