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When Are Patent Claims Standard-Essential?

The question of whether claims from 23 different patents were “essential” to the IEEE 802.11 standard (popularly known as Wi-Fi) was presented to the court in In re Innovatio Ip Ventures, MDL Docket No. 2303, Case No. 11 C 9308 (N.D. Ill. July 26, 2013). In evaluating these claims, the court addressed a number of […]

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Past Licenses for Patents-NOT-in-Suit Relevant to a Reasonable Royalty

Could Sprint, having licensed its patents in settlement of litigation, be compelled, in defending subsequent, unrelated litigation, to produce documents related to these licenses?  In a word, yes.  A magistrate judge granted plaintiff High Point’s motion to compel production of Sprint’s license agreements and expert reports, although denying the motion with respect to Sprint’s communications […]

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Date of Assignment Limits Standing for Patent Plaintiff

A defendant was entitled to summary judgment limiting the plaintiff to damages only for infringing acts that occurred after the date of the assignment.  CSB-System Int’l., Inc. v. SAP America, Inc., No. 10-2156 (E.D. Pa. April 30, 2012).  The  holding in this software/hardware patent case was based on the principle that, ordinarily, a plaintiff has […]

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