Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

Turf Wars: District Court Permits Expert to Use Replicas of Athletic Fields in Front of Jury

The plaintiffs, Fieldturf USA and Tarkett Inc. (collectively, "Fieldturf") filed a patent infringement action against Astroturf LLC ("Astroturf"). In defense, Astroturf intended to present expert testimony on anticipation…more
| Business Torts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

FCC says blocking FCC-approved Wi-Fi hotspots is “patently illegal” and imposes $750,000 fine on Smart City.

Blocking Wi-Fi connections is “patently unlawful”. On August 18, 2015, the FCC announced a $750,000 civil penalty and formal Consent Decree with Smart City Holdings for blocking consumers’ personal Wi-Fi access at various…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Hotel Lawyer on EB-5 developments? What’s happening with EB-5 renewal legislation?

EB-5 is at a critical renewal point. The next 3 weeks are going to be crucial for the EB-5 industry as the current legislation sunsets on September 30, 2015. While the consensus is that this important program will be…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

Court Orders Law Firm and Client Joint and Severally Liable for Part of Attorney's Fee Award After Determination That Case Was Exceptional

The district court briefly summarized this patent infringement action that it found frivolous as follows: "In the 1990's, Segan invented a system for people to browse the Internet. Today, Zynga makes video games that people can…more
| Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Court Declines to Stay Discovery Pending Motion to Dismiss Under Section 101 Because Court Does Not Believe That There Is an Immediate and Clear Possibility that Motion to Dismiss Will be Granted

The defendants filed a motion to stay discovery until the district court ruled upon its motion to dismiss pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 101. In their motion to stay, Defendants asserted that its motion to stay discovery should be…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Court Orders Sanctions for Failure to Produce Source Code on a Timely Basis

Plaintiffs Ericsson Inc. and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson's ("Ericsson") filed a motion to compel discovery of source code and technical documents, pursuant to Local Patent Rule 3-4 in the Eastern District of Texas. As…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

It Is Cold Out There: District Court Denies Joint Stipulation to Stay Case Pending Inter Partes Review -- Twice

In consolidated patent infringement actions between Arctic Cat and Polaris, Artic Cat filed four petitions for inter partes review ("IPR") of two patents asserted by Polaris. Three days after the IPRs were filed, the parties…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

District Court Stays Action Pending Appellate Review of Motion to Compel Privileged Documents

The district court had previously ordered plaintiffs to produce certain documents to the extent that documents containing communications between plaintiff and its non-attorney patent agents were not subject to the…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Petitioner's Reliance on the Service Date in the Proof of Service Dooms Petitions

In IPR2015-00838 and IPR2015-00840, Petitioner Tristar Products, Inc. ("Petitioner") filed petitions to instituted IPRs of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,485,565 and 8,622,441 owned by Choon's Design, LLC ("Patent Owner")…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

District Court Allows Discovery to Re-Open to Permit Plaintiff to Compel Defendant to Produce Update Sales Records prior to Trial

Isola USA Corp. ("Isola") moved to compel Taiwan Union Technology Corp. ("TUC") to provide updated sales data in response to document requests an interrogatories. In response to this discovery, TUC had previously provided sales…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

District Court Awards Defendant Its IPR-Related Fees Under § 285

In Deep Sky Software, Inc. v. Southwest Airlines Co., Defendant Southwest Airlines ("Southwest") sought its fees and costs following the successful inter partes review of the patent-in-suit, which resulted in all of the asserted…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction Where Plaintiff Sent ANDA Notice Letter

Defendants, Nang Kuang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. ("Nang Kuang") and CANDA NX-2, LLC ("CANDA") (collectively, "Defendants") filed a motion to dismiss, asserting that the patent infringement action filed by Plaintiffs, Eli Lilly…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

District Court Grants Summary Judgment of No Damages for Failure to Mark

Plaintiff Juno Manufacturing, LLC ("Plaintiff" or "Juno") filed a patent infringement complaint against Defendant Nora Lighting, Inc. ("Defendant" or "Nora"). The complaint alleged that Defendant infringed Plaintiff's patent,…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

District Court Denies Motion to Exclude CEO from Providing Expert Testimony on Infringement

Defendant filed a motion to strike plaintiff's expert report on infringement, asserting that the report failed to comply with Fed.R.Civ.P. 26 because, among other things, the report did not constitute a written report under Rule…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Enovsys v. AT&T: Court Excludes Plaintiff's Damage Expert for Failure to Apportion and Sua Sponte Bifurcates Trial into Liability and Damage Phases to be Tried to Different Juries

After the court struck plaintiff's damage expert's report for failing to tie damages to the limited feature of the patented invention, the court permitted the plaintiff to submit a supplemental expert report. Once the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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