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Sunrise’s Infringement Complaint Gets the Green Light

In a recent opinion out of the District of Massachusetts, the court ordered that a patent infringement dispute between two Massachusetts-based competitors in the lighting systems industry would be allowed to proceed. This was despite a challenge to the sufficiency of the pleadings in the patent owner’s complaint. The patent owner, Sunrise Technologies, asserted a patent directed to the monitoring … Continue Reading

Plaintiff Secures Sweeping Jury Verdict in Hotly-Contested Patent Fight

In a long-running patent fight involving two medical device manufacturers, a Massachusetts jury determined last week that the defendant Kaz had infringed two of plaintiff Exergen’s patents relating to temporal thermometers, and that the patents are not invalid. The jury also awarded Exergen nearly $15 million in damages.… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Further Clarifies Indirect Infringement Standards

The Supreme Court in the last several years has taken an activist approach to the area of patent law, granting certiorari in many more cases than in prior years and often reversing the Federal Circuit. If there was one theme running through those decisions, it is that the Court is trying to bring more certainty and … Continue Reading

Google Remains on the Hook After Summary Judgment Denied

Judge Rya W. Zobel’s recent decision denying a set of Google’s summary judgment motions has cleared the way for trial. Skyhook initially sued Google for infringement of thirteen patents. Currently, eight patents remain at issue: U.S. Patent Nos. 7,433,694 (the “’694 patent”); 7,474,897 (the “’897 patent”); 7,856,234 (the “’234 patent”); 8,031,657 (the “’657 patent”); 8,054,219 … 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

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
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