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Common Interest Privilege Covers Non-Attorneys in Patent Case

The District of Massachusetts held that the common-interest exception to third-party privilege waiver protected communications disclosed to a licensee and non-attorney expert. Crane Security Technologies, Inc. v.  Rolling Optics, AB, No. 14-12428-LTS (D. Mass. Feb 3, 20017).  Crane Security Techs. Inc sued Rolling Optics, AB for infringing patents related to anti-counterfeiting measures on currency, e.g., metallic […]

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Online Listing = Offer for Sale for Patent Infringement?

Robert Blazer sued eBay alleging that a product listed by an eBay seller was liable for patent infringement (directly, contributorily, and by inducement).  eBay successfully moved for summary judgment on the ground that it had not offered the accused product for sale, as required to maintain an action for patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a).  […]

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Does Pleading Patent Infringement Require a Claim Chart?

Pleading patent infringement does not require a claim chart, says a court considering the requirements for pleading both direct and indirect infringement under FRCP 8 and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662 (2009) and Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007). Crypto Research, LLC v. Assa Abloy, Inc., No. 16 Civ. 1718 (AMD) […]

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Conclusory Pleadings Insufficient to Support Indirect Patent Infringement Claims

While the Federal Circuit has held that adherence to Form 18 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is sufficient to support a claim of direct patent infringement, courts have not uniformly addressed the requirements for pleading indirect infringement, i.e., contributory infringement and infringement by inducement. In one recent example, the court held that a […]

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Preliminary Injunction for Apple in Patent Fight Against Samsung?

In the ongoing smartphone/tablet patent litigation between Apple and Samsung, the Federal Circuit has agreed with Samsung on almost every dispositive issue related to Apple’s request for preliminary injunctive relief, but “almost” may not be enough to save Samsung from a preliminary injunction concerning at least one product.  Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., […]

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Patent Infringement Notice Pleading Standard Not Met

If every court adopted a bar for bringing a software or Internet patent infringement action that was as high as the standard followed by the court in Pagemelding, Inc. v. ESPN, Inc., No. C-11-06263 (N.D. Cal. April 30, 2012), patent plaintiffs’ lives would certainly be more difficult.  There, the court denied the plaintiff’s motion to […]

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Patent Infringement: Summary Judgment Fails Under the Doctrine of Equivalents

When is a patent infringement defendant entitled to summary judgment of non-infringement under the doctrine of equivalents?  That question was addressed in CSB-Systems International, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc., No. 10-2156 (E.D. Pa. April 16, 2012), where the court granted summary judgment of no literal infringement, but denied the defendant summary judgment of non-infringement under […]

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Notice Pleading Contributory and Induced Patent Infringement

Bare bones allegations that a defendant knew of a patent, and intended others’ infringement, were not enough to sustain allegations that the defendant indirectly, i.e., contributorily and by inducement, infringed the patent.  DR Systems, Inc. v. Avreo, Inc., No. 11-CV-0932 (S.D. Cal. March 29, 2012). The plaintiff’s complaint simply alleged that the defendant knew of […]

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