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Tag Archives: Judge James L. Robart

Judge Stark bifurcates Blu-ray SEP case to determine essentiality and FRAND rate before liability issues (One Blue v. Imitation, D. Del. 1:13-cv-917)

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation
Yesterday Judge Stark followed an approach used by Judge Holdeman in the Innovatio WiFi case by bifurcating FRAND issues from liability where essentiality and a RAND royalty rate will be tried first in hopes the result will spur settlement, followed by discovery and trial on liability issues if still necessary.  Recall that this case arose … Continue Reading

American Antitrust Institute Contends Georgia-Pacific Factors Are Innappropriate for RAND-Encumbered Patents (Ericsson v. D-Link, Fed. Cir.)

Posted in Appeals
Two weeks ago, we posted about non-party IEEE’s amicus curaie brief in Ericsson v. D-Link, et al., an appeal pending before the Federal Circuit.  The appeal, initiated by defendants D-Link, Dell, Acer, Gateway, Netgear and Toshiba, challenges a jury’s damage award against the defendants for infringement of plaintiff Ericsson’s patents that are claimed to be essential to the … Continue Reading

Microsoft responds that Ninth Circuit jurisdiction is law of the case in RAND dispute with Motorola (Fed. Cir. 14-1089)

Posted in Appeals, Litigation
Last week Microsoft filed a reply supporting its motion to transfer to the Ninth Circuit Motorola’s appeal of Judge Robart’s RAND ruling (see our prior posts on Microsoft’s motion and Motorola’s opposition).  Microsoft argues that the Ninth Circuit has appellate jurisdiction under law of the case, because issues of the contract action being consolidated with a patent … Continue Reading

Motorola opposes Microsoft’s motion to transfer to Ninth Circuit the appeal of Judge Robart’s RAND ruling (Fed. Cir. 14-1089)

Posted in Appeals, Complaints, Litigation, Uncategorized
Motorola has filed its opposition to Microsoft’s motion to transfer the appeal of Judge Robart’s RAND ruling from the Federal Circuit to the Ninth Circuit (see our prior blog on Microsoft’s motion).  Recall that Microsoft argued that the appealed action was a contract action, its nature did not change when that action was consolidated with a … Continue Reading

Realtek’s Comments in ITC’s review of RAND ruling in LSI-Realtek investigation (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in Appeals, International Trade Commission, Litigation, Uncategorized
We previously discussed the comments filed by complainant LSI in the International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation of whether Realtek and Funai infringe LSI’s alleged 802.11 and H.264 standard essential patents (SEPs).  The ALJ’s initial determination found the SEP patents were not infringed but otherwise rejected RAND-based defenses.  The Commission then decided to review the ALJ’s … Continue Reading

Microsoft seeks to move appeal of Judge Robart’s RAND ruling to Ninth Circuit

Posted in Appeals, Litigation, Uncategorized
Microsoft is seeking to transfer Motorola’s appeal of Judge Robart’s RAND ruling from the Federal Circuit to the Ninth Circuit.  Specifically, last Thursday, Nov. 21, Microsoft filed in the Federal Circuit a motion to transfer to the Ninth Circuit and today, Nov. 25, Microsoft filed a companion motion to terminate Motorola’s appeal through a transfer to the Ninth … Continue Reading

Motorola appeals to Federal Circuit Judge Robart’s Rule 54(b) judgment on RAND issues

Posted in Appeals, Court Orders, District Courts, Jury verdicts, Litigation, Uncategorized
Today Judge Robart issued an Order certifying a Rule 54(b) judgment in the Microsoft v. Motorola case where he had issued a first of its kind RAND rate ruling on Motorola H.264 and 802.11 standard essential patents (SEPs) and sustained the jury verdict that Motorola breached its RAND obligations in offering a license to Microsoft.  Motorola promptly filed … Continue Reading

Reminder/Correction: Complimentary Webinar Thu. Noon on Lessons Learned From Litigated Royalty Rates on Standard Essential Patents

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized, Webinar
Reminder (and correcting some email notices) that the Essential Patent Blog and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP will host a complimentary webinar on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 12pm Eastern to discuss the import of Judge Holderman’s Oct. 3 RAND opinion in the Innovatio IP Ventures Patent Litigation and comparison with Judge Robart’s RAND methodology from the Microsoft v. Motorola litigation.  Some … Continue Reading

Complimentary Webinar: Lessons Learned From Litigated Royalty Rates on Standard Essential Patents

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized, Webinar
Please join the Essential Patent Blog and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP for a complimentary webinar on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 12:00pm Eastern to discuss the import of Judge Holderman’s recent RAND decision in the In re Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC Patent Litigation.  Judge Holderman’s October 3rd decision is only the second U.S. district court … Continue Reading

Judge Robart rules sufficient evidence supports jury verdict that Motorola breached RAND obligation in dealings with Microsoft

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Jury verdicts, Litigation
Yesterday, Judge Robart issued an Order that denied Motorola’s motion to overturn the jury’s verdict that Motorola breached its RAND obligations in dealing with Microsoft on standard essential patents (SEPs) for IEEE 802.11 WiFi standards and ITU H.264 video compression standards. Judge Robart’s ruling here indicates that assessing compliance with a RAND obligation is a case-sensitive, … Continue Reading

RANDomness — Microsoft-Motorola RAND jury trial is underway

Posted in District Courts, Litigation, RANDomness
Yesterday marked the start of the long-awaited Microsoft-Motorola RAND breach of contract jury trial, taking place before Judge James L. Robart in the Western District of Washington.  Over the next week or so, the jury will hear testimony on whether Motorola breached its IEEE- and ITU-related RAND obligations through its licensing negotiations and course of … Continue Reading

Two weeks ahead of Microsoft-Motorola jury trial, summary judgment ruling reduces the issues (but only a little bit)

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation
A month ago, we discussed how Microsoft and Motorola filed dueling summary judgment motions in an attempt to eliminate some of the issues from the upcoming RAND breach of contract jury trial in Seattle (currently set to begin August 26).  Judge James L. Robart held an oral argument on July 31, and this morning, his … Continue Reading

Microsoft-Motorola update: parties file reply briefs supporting their respective summary judgment motions

Posted in District Courts, Litigation
Earlier this week, we caught up on summary judgment motions filed by both Microsoft and Motorola in advance of next month’s breach of contract jury trial, set to take place in Seattle.  Yesterday, both parties filed reply briefs in support of these motions: 13.07.17 (D.E. 768) MS Reply re SJ Motion 13.07.17 (D.E. 771) Motorola … Continue Reading

In Microsoft-Motorola RAND dispute, “good faith and fair dealing” is in the eye of the beholder

Posted in District Courts, Litigation
Later this summer, the second phase of the Microsoft v. Motorola RAND breach of contract trial will take place in Judge James L. Robart’s courtroom in Seattle, WA.  A jury will decide whether Motorola breached its SSO-related RAND licensing obligations by offering what Microsoft deems “blatantly unreasonable” licensing terms for its 802.11- and H.264-essential patents, … Continue Reading

Microsoft wins release of $100M bond in RAND contract dispute with Motorola

Posted in District Courts, Litigation
This past Tuesday, Judge James L. Robart held a telephonic hearing in the Microsoft-Motorola RAND breach of contract dispute taking place in his W.D. Wash. court.  As we discussed last week, the hearing centered on Microsoft’s request that the court release a previously-ordered $100 million bond — a bond that it had required Microsoft to … Continue Reading

Microsoft-Motorola update: Parties spar over discovery issues, and Microsoft wants its bond money back

Posted in District Courts, Litigation
It’s been relatively quiet in the Western District of Washington over the past couple weeks, as Motorola and Microsoft move forward toward an August jury trial on Microsoft’s RAND-based breach of contract claims.  But according to a minute order filed by the court this past Tuesday, this week the parties raised two separate disputes for … Continue Reading

Could President Obama veto the ITC’s order excluding imports of certain Apple iPhones and iPads?

Posted in International Trade Commission, Legislation, Litigation, Miscellaneous
In the wake of the ITC’s landmark exclusion order barring imports of certain Apple 3G products, we noticed an interesting question raised by Prof. Brian J. Love of Santa Clara law school, among others: Professor Love is referring to one of several legislative recommendations and executive actions related to the patent system and patent litigation that … Continue Reading

Motorola tells Fed Circuit that Microsoft-Motorola RAND opinion supports its appeal of Judge Posner decision (Apple v. Motorola)

Posted in Appeals, Litigation
A couple weeks ago, Apple directed the Federal Circuit’s attention to the Microsoft-Motorola RAND-setting opinion.  Apple claimed that in a variety of ways, Judge Robart’s decision supported Apple’s arguments on appeal.  This past Friday, Motorola filed a brief response to Apple’s citation of supplemental authority — and in it, Motorola claims that the reasoning of … Continue Reading

Microsoft-Motorola trial “phase two” set for August 26, 2013 — and it will be a jury trial

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation
A couple months ago, Microsoft asked Judge James L. Robart to confirm that the second phase of the Microsoft-Motorola RAND breach of contract trial — in which the actual breach and damages issues will be addressed — would be tried to Judge Robart himself, and not a jury (a motion that Motorola opposed).  Microsoft claimed that … Continue Reading

RAND damages discovery dispute continues – Microsoft says Motorola’s brief is a pretext to dismiss damages claim

Posted in District Courts, Litigation
Late Friday, Microsoft responded to the letter brief filed by Motorola last week in the parties’  RAND breach of contract case.  In its responsive letter brief [LINK], Microsoft disputes Motorola’s versions of the facts, and contends that Motorola has long known about the bases on which Microsoft would be seeking damages for breach of contract. … Continue Reading

Which appeals court has appellate jurisdiction over the Microsoft-Motorola RAND case?

Posted in Appeals, District Courts, Litigation
The district court in the Microsoft-Motorola RAND breach of contract case has already decided some unique issues of first impression, and will take on some more in the next phase of the case.  And if the parties don’t settle, an appeal is likely to follow.  This raises an interesting question, one that doesn’t necessarily have … Continue Reading

Motorola asks Washington court to limit Microsoft’s theories of damages for potential RAND breach

Posted in District Courts, Litigation
In the aftermath of last week’s Microsoft-Motorola RAND-setting opinion, the case will now to proceed toward an August trial date.  At this trial — if it gets that far — either Judge Robart or a jury (this issue is still up in the air) will determine (1) whether Motorola breach its RAND obligations to the IEEE and … Continue Reading

RANDomness – Much ado about Microsoft-Motorola

Posted in RANDomness
Over the last several days, a lot of ink (and pixels?) have been spilled about Judge James L. Robart’s April 25 Microsoft v. Motorola RAND royalty-setting opinion.  Here at the Essential Patent Blog, we’ve done an initial dive into Judge Robart’s opinion [LINK], posted a table showing his modified Georgia-Pacific analysis [LINK], and also prepared a handy … Continue Reading
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