Archive | Patent Infringement

Divided Infringement Results in Judgment on Pleadings on Induced Infringement

Finding that a complaint failed to sufficiently allege that the defendant exercised direction or control over all asserted steps of a method patent claim, a court has dismissed a complaint alleging induced infringement under FRCP 12(c). Robert Mankes v. Vivid Seats, Limited, No. 5:13-CV-717-FL, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24327 (E.D.N.C. Feb 26, 2015). Based on […]

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Pleading Indirect and Willful Patent Infringement Requires Specific Allegations

Claims for induced, contributory, and willful patent infringement were dismissed (without prejudice) because the plaintiff failed to allege facts sufficient to support its claims.  Unisone Strategic IP, Inc. v. Life Techs. Corp., No. 3:13-cv-1278-GPC-JMA (S.D. Cal. Oct. 22, 2013).  The plaintiff had alleged infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,996,538, directed to “[a] system and method […]

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Patent Infringement, Summary Judgment, and Infringement Contentions

A patent infringement defendant’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement was denied where there were questions of fact concerning whether the defendant directly infringed asserted claims when it tested the accused system, even if it did not directly infringe otherwise. Ameranth, Inc. v. Papa John’s USA, Inc., No. 12-CV-729 JLS (NLS), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS […]

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When Is a Software Patent Case Ripe for Summary Judgment?

Lawyers for patent infringement defendants have a new Federal Circuit case to point to when explaining to frustrated clients why an early summary judgment motion of non-infringement is not always a good expenditure of resources. In Baron Services, Inc. v. Media Weather Innovations, LLC, Nos. 2012-1285, -1443 (Fed. Cir. May 7, 2013), a panel majority of Judges […]

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Yet Further Clarification on Indirect Divided and Joint Infringement

Under the doctrine of divided infringement, patent claims directed to a slot machine were properly found not to be directly infringed. Aristocrat Tech., Australia v. Int’l. Game Tech., No. 2010-1426 (Fed. Cir. March 13, 2013). However, for the second time in as many weeks, the Federal Circuit remanded a case to a District Court for […]

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Further Clarification on Indirect Divided and Joint Infringement

Holding that a district court improperly applied the doctrine of joint patent infringement with respect to indirect infringement, while agreeing with the lower court’s reasoning concerning direct infringement, the Federal Circuit has vacated a summary judgment of non-infringement. Move, Inc. v. Re-Max Int’l., Inc., No. 2012-1342 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 4, 2013). Claim 1 of U.S. Patent […]

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Patent Complaint Satisfying Form 18 (Reluctantly) Allowed

Although denying a motion to dismiss a complaint of direct patent infringement, a Massachusetts District Court has pointedly stated that “[i]t is difficult to reconcile the simplistic approach for asserting a patent infringement claim contemplated by Rule 84 and Form 18 [of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure] with the pleading standards announced in [Ashcroft v. Iqbal, […]

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Federal Circuit Reverses Failure to Impose Rule 11 Sanctions

The Federal Circuit has reversed a decision from the Eastern District of Texas not to impose Rule 11 sanctions where the plaintiff’s theory of patent infringement was objectively baseless.  Raylon, LLC v. Complus Data Innovations, Inc., Nos. 2011-1355, -1356, -1357, -1358, -1359 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 7, 2012). Raylon, the plaintiff, alleged that three defendants infringed […]

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When Must Joint Patent Infringement Be Plead?

After Yahoo argued that the plaintiff should be required to meet the standard for pleading divided, or joint, patent infringement, a Delaware magistrate judge has recommended denying Yahoo’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint for direct patent infringement. Pragmatus AV, LLC v. Yahoo! Inc., No. 11-902-LPS-CJB (D. Del. Nov. 13, 2012). The court believed that […]

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BMC and Muniauction Still Require a Single Actor for Direct Infringement

The Federal Circuit has refused to find direct patent infringement where a single party did not carry out, or at least control, all acts alleged to constitute infringement.  Voter Verified, Inc. v. Premier Election Solutions, Inc., Nos. 2011-1553, 2012-1017, 2011-1559, 2012-1016 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 5, 2012). Perhaps this holding should not be surprising.  However, the […]

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