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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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E.D. Texas Awards Enhanced Damages for Willful Infringement

Listing an infringed patent in two contracts, and the apparent awareness of a Citrix executive of the patent, was enough to justify a finding of willfulness and enhanced damages against Citrix.  SSL Services, LLC v. Citrix Systems, Inc., No. 2:08-cv-158-JRG (E.D. Tex. Sept. 17, 2012).  Before the jury was charged, the court had issued a […]

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Pre-Suit Publicity Not Enough to Plead Willful Patent Infringement

The plaintiff in Softview, LLC v. Apple, Inc., Civ. No. 10-389-LPS (D. Del. July 26, 2012), successfully pled willful patent infringement against some defendants, but not others.  Publicity about a patent is not enough from which to infer the pre-suit knowledge that is a prerequisite to willfulness, but such knowledge might be inferred from activities […]

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Federal Circuit Refines Willful Infringement Standard

The Federal Circuit “now holds that the threshold objective prong of the willfulness standard . . . is a question of law based on underlying mixed questions of law and fact and is subject to de novo review.”  Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. v. W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., No. 2010-1510 (June 14, 2012).  The panel […]

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