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Patent Plaintiff Losing on Alice Isn’t an Exceptional Case

There was no exceptional case under 35 U.S.C. § 285 where a plaintiff filed and prosecuted a complaint alleging infringement of a patent whose claims were held invalid for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Telinit Technologies, LLC v. Alteva, Inc., No. 2:14-CV-369 (E.D. Texas, March 3, 2017).  After a […]

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Must Willful Infringement Pleading Allege Egregious Acts?

Much of a plaintiff’s complaint adequately plead patent infringement, but a portion of the complaint alleging willful infringement was dismissed where the plaintiffs “failed to allege any facts suggesting that Defendant’s conduct is ‘egregious . . . beyond typical infringement.’” CG Technology Development, LLC v. Zynga, Inc., 2:16-cv-00859-RCJ-VCF (D. Nev. Feb 17, 2017). The court’s […]

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Website Doesn’t Create Personal Jurisdiction in Patent Case

An Ohio court has transferred a patent case to the Eastern District of Washington after finding that the defendant’s website was insufficient to create specific personal jurisdiction.  Zen Indus., Inc. v. Hoffman Mfg., Inc., No. 1:16 CV 2352 (N.D. Ohio, Feb. 9, 2016).  Applying Federal Circuit law to consider personal jurisdiction with respect to the […]

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Detail Counts to Support Patent Damage Analysis

In Yodlee v. Plaid Technology, No. 14-1445-LPS-CJB (D. Del. 2017), Judge Leonard Stark gave guidance on the boundaries of an admissible opinion for a reasonable royalty analysis in a patent case.  Yodlee v. Plaid involves a patent relating to a method and apparatus for gathering summary information from websites and presenting that information as HyperText […]

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Willful Patent Infringement as Pled Need Not Be Egregious

While enhanced damages for willful patent infringement may be based on egregious misconduct, a plaintiff can support a pleading of willful infringement by alleging the defendant’s intent, and without a necessarily pleading facts amounting to egregious misconduct.  Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. v. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., No. 1-16-cv-00358 (D Del. Jan 31, 2017).  Thus, the plaintiff […]

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No Fee Award Against Plaintiff Who Asserted Patents Invalidated Under Alice

A district court has roundly rejected a request for an award of attorney fees against a plaintiff who asserted business method patents later found invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and Alice Corp v. CLS Bank.  O2 Media LLC v. Narrative Science Inc., No. 15-CV-05129 (N.D. Ill. Jan 3, 2017). After succeeding with a Rule […]

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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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