Archive | Exceptional Case

Attorneys’ Fees Awarded in Light of Octane Fitness

A plaintiff had licensed a patent to defendants, including a right to sub-license, but excluded certain uses of the claimed method.  The plaintiff then sued the defendants based on those excluded uses.  The defendants were awarded attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 where, among other things, the plaintiff had attempted to enforce the patent […]

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Fee Award Under 35 U.S.C. § 285 Supported by Evidence of Subjective Bad Faith and Objective Baselessness

Awards of attorneys fees under 35 U.S.C § 285 may seem difficult to obtain, given the dual requirement of proving a party’s subjective bad faith, as well as the objective baselessness of its position.  However, as demonstrated in Gabriel Technologies Corp. v.  Qualcomm Inc., No. 2013-1205 (Mar. 18, 2014), some conduct is so egregious that […]

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Litigation Misconduct Gives Rise to Exceptional Patent Case

Litigation misconduct, even without a showing of objective baselessness or bad faith, was enough to justify a finding of an exceptional case, and an award of attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285. Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. v. O2 Micro International, Ltd., No. 2012-1221 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 13, 2013). The parties in this litigation had […]

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