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Planned Motion to Dismiss Insufficient to Extend Rule 26(f) Deadlines

In an ongoing patent infringement case involving patents for floor-mounted electrical outlet housings, a federal court in Connecticut recently denied a Joint Motion for a Discovery Dispute Conference, signaling the court’s hesitation to delay the initiation of discovery pursuant to Rule 26(f) merely because a defendant represents that it intends to move to dismiss a … Continue Reading

Copyright Plaintiff Allowed to Subpoena ISP to Discover Defendant’s Name

A recent decision from the District of Connecticut is part of a series of copyright cases where a plaintiff, unable to identify the accused infringer except by the Internet Protocol (or “IP) address used at the time of the alleged infringement, has sought and received pre-service leave to serve a subpoena upon the Internet Service Provider (or … Continue Reading

With $450.00 in Connecticut Sales, AMP Medical Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in Trademark Lawsuit

A recent case from the District of Connecticut provides important insight into personal jurisdiction analysis, and serves as a reminder that sometimes even modest connections to a state can render a company subject to suit in that state. Here, Judge Vanessa Bryant found that Connecticut could exercise personal jurisdiction over AMP Medical Products, a Nevada company that sold … Continue Reading

Court Throws Out Back Massager Trade Dress Infringement Claims on Motion to Dismiss

As the first-filed paper in nearly any litigation, the complaint is typically subject to rigorous scrutiny from the named defendant to identify any flaws that may dispatch the case via a motion to dismiss. A plaintiff in the District of Connecticut recently felt this pain, as its complaint was dismissed under Rule 12(b)(6) for failing … Continue Reading

Close Shave on Whether Cease and Desist Letter Creates DJ Jurisdiction

Rather than wait around for the hammer to fall, companies under threat of an intellectual property lawsuit sometimes choose to file a declaratory judgment complaint. Such “DJ” complaints usually ask the court to clear the air and decide the issue in the filer’s favor. Declaratory judgment filers are often motivated by the fact that they can … Continue Reading

Edible Arrangements’ Trademark Case Bears Fruit

In a recent decision, Judge Vanessa L. Bryant shed some light on a significant new issue: trademark infringement in the world of internet keyword advertising. In a case with important implications for online marketing strategies, Judge Bryant denied Provide Commerce’s request for partial summary judgment against trademark owner Edible Arrangements, which had filed a suit … Continue Reading

After Rain Delay, Preliminary Injunction Denied

In a recent case involving competitors in the market of storm water chambers, underground structures for the collection and management of rain and snow storm water, the District of Connecticut court denied a motion for preliminary injunction, reasoning in part that there was too long of a delay between when the plaintiff, StormTech, learned of … Continue Reading

In Onboard Wi-Fi Case, Covenant Not To Sue Has Wide Range

Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer of the District of Connecticut recently released an opinion that is significant to litigants on either side of a covenant not to sue. In a complex case with a host of claims and counterclaims asserted among the parties, the patentee’s grant of a covenant not to sue on the asserted patent … Continue Reading

Bottom of the Ninth Disclosure of New Damages Theory Warrants More Discovery

In a recent opinion in a patent infringement case concerning a baseball pitching simulator, Judge Vanessa Bryant in the District of Connecticut issued an order to administratively close the case, pending further damages discovery. The discovery was needed because the plaintiff ProBatter apparently disclosed a new damages theory late in the case, just months before trial. … Continue Reading

Connecticut Court Sinks Claim That History Of American Submarine Infringes Copyright

A recent decision from Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in the District of Connecticut may make waves in the world of nonfiction copyright. The decision throws out a copyright case that, among other things, emphasized two similarities between the copyrighted work and the accused work: both engaged in the use of “flash-back” and “flash-forward” storytelling techniques, and … Continue Reading

Cisco Takes Foreign Corporations to School in Ex Parte Applications for Restraining Orders

Two recent orders from the District of Connecticut demonstrate that the element of surprise continues to be an effective, and sometimes necessary, factor in copyright litigation. The June 26, 2015 orders issued by the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant, granted plaintiff Cisco Technology, Inc.’s ex parte applications for temporary restraining orders and enjoined the defendants – … Continue Reading

Tangle Between Hair Care Companies Stayed Pending IPR

Days after the PTAB instituted Inter Partes Review (IPR), Judge Alvin Thompson in the District of Connecticut has stayed a case between Conair and Tre Milano. Conair sued Tre Milano in October 2014, for infringing U.S. Patent No. 8,651,118, which relates to a hair styling device. On February 2, 2015, Tre Milano filed a petition … Continue Reading

Connecticut Court Possesses Personal Jurisdiction Over “Demonologist” Publisher

In the District of Connecticut, an out of state publisher with no alleged direct contacts with Connecticut recently lost its bid to have a case against it dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction. Gerald Brittle sued Lorraine Warren, Tony Spera, and Graymalkin Media, LLC for copyright infringement and tortious interference with a contract or business … Continue Reading

BMI Wins Summary Judgment of Copyright Infringement After Restaurant Owner Fails to Respond to Requests for Admission

Plaintiff Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”), a music rights management organization that offers licenses to a massive catalogue of popular songs on behalf of copyright owners, brought suit for copyright infringement against the owners of the La Roue Elayne restaurant for unlicensed performance of live cover versions of eight songs in a single evening. This suit … Continue Reading

Protegrity’s “Bare Bones” Allegations Result in Dismissal, Again

In yet another case in the District of Connecticut, Protegrity has seen its claims for indirect and willful infringement dismissed because, according to the court, its complaint did not plead sufficient facts. District Judge Robert Chatigny granted AJB Software’s motion to dismiss, agreeing with AJB that the “bare bones” allegations in Protegrity’s complaint were insufficient … Continue Reading

Protegrity Loses Bid to Centralize in Connecticut

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered nearly twenty patent cases pending across six districts (including Connecticut, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and the Northern and Southern districts of California) and involving fifteen different companies to proceed collectively in the Northern District of California.  The decision may be a drawback for plaintiff Protegrity Corporation which originally moved … Continue Reading

Pre-Litigation Correspondence Does Not Secure Personal Jurisdiction

Plaintiffs considering bringing suit in the District of Connecticut take heed: “Plaintiffs cannot vest a Connecticut court with personal jurisdiction over a person simply by hurling an accusation of patent infringement across the country at that person and then receiving responses in Connecticut,” according to a recent order from Judge Shea.  To provide some background, … Continue Reading

No Need to Wait to Stay: Epicor Obtains Litigation Stay After Requesting Covered Business Method Review

There is no need to wait for the Patent Office to institute a review.  According to a recent order from Magistrate Judge Margolis in the District of Connecticut, the district court may stay a patent litigation as long as the defendant has filed a petition at the Patent Office requesting a patent validity review under the … Continue Reading

A Trademark Licensor Is Not Its Licensee’s Keeper

It appears Oban’s case against Nautilus now has no pulse.  In a recent opinion in Oban US, LLC v. Nautilus, Inc. and Sports Beat, Inc., Judge Arterton granted Nautilus’ motion to dismiss Oban’s claims against Nautilus for contributory trademark infringement, vicarious copyright infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition under the Lanham Act and “unspecified” state … Continue Reading

No Pay Day for Protegrity’s Indirect Infringement Claims in Paymetric Case

When it comes to pleading indirect and willful infringement, complaints short on facts can be short-lived.  In Protegrity Corporation v. Paymetric, Inc., District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant granted Paymetric’s motion to dismiss Protegrity’s claims for contributory infringement, inducement of infringement, and willful infringement.  Paymetric did not challenge the sufficiency of Protegrity’s pleading for direct infringement. … Continue Reading

Protegrity’s Protective Patent Push

The Connecticut-based data security company, Protegrity Corporation, continued its aggressive stance regarding its data protection patent portfolio this month. On June 6, Protegrity sued Gazzang, Inc., a competitor data security company based in Austin, Texas, in the Connecticut federal district court. This suit marks the fourteenth patent infringement complaint that Protegrity has brought in Connecticut … Continue Reading

LEGO to Cra-Z-Art: “You’re not our Friends.”

On March 20, 2014, LEGO A/S filed a complaint in the District of Connecticut against competitor LaRose Industries LLC d/b/a Cra-Z-Art, alleging copyright and patent infringement and violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. The case is before Judge Robert N. Chatigny in New Haven, CT. In its Complaint, the Danish toymaker alleges that … Continue Reading
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