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Jury finds BlackBerry did not infringe NXP’s alleged standard essential patents (NXP v. BlackBerry)

Posted in District Courts, Jury verdicts, Litigation
Yesterday, a Florida jury returned a verdict that BlackBerry did not infringe NXP’s patents alleged to be essential to the IEEE 802.11 WiFi and JEDEC eMMC standards and that the asserted patent claims were invalid.  The role of BlackBerry’s standard essential patent defenses is not clear from the record, though it appears to have been limited to arguments … Continue Reading

Update: ITC issues public version of decision to terminate LSI-Realtek investigation (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
The ITC has now released the public version of its decision to terminate the LSI-Realtek investigation without addressing RAND issues, which we discussed in our March 5, 2014 post.  The public version does not provide any more insight into the decision not to address the standard essential patent RAND issues beyond it being moot given no … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit punts on preliminary injunction that precludes LSI from enforcing any exclusion order (Realtek v. LSI)

Posted in Antitrust, District Courts, Litigation
Well that didn’t take long — yesterday the Ninth Circuit dismissed LSI’s appeal from Judge Whyte’s preliminary injunction that enjoined LSI from seeking to enforce any exclusion order entered by the ITC on the standard essential patents at issue in the district court litigation before LSI first offered a RAND license to Realtek.  Our March 13, … Continue Reading

ITC terminates LSI-Realtek 337 investigation without addressing RAND issues (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Jury verdicts, Litigation, Uncategorized
Yesterday the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a Notice that it was terminating the investigation of whether certain LSI 802.11 and H.264 alleged standard essential patents were infringed by Realtek and others given various circumstances that mooted the investigation as to most patents and a finding of no liability for the remaining patent.  In terminating … Continue Reading

Jury returns RAND-royalty rate of 0.19 percent of WiFi chip sale price (Realtek v. LSI)

Posted in District Courts, Jury verdicts, Litigation, Uncategorized
Yesterday, the jury in the Realtek v. LSI case before Judge Whyte returned a verdict finding that a RAND royalty for LSI’s two patents alleged essential to IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard would total about 0.19% of the total sales prices of Realtek’s WiFi chips (0.12% for one patent plus 0.07% for the other).  This RAND royalty is … Continue Reading

Cisco and Innovatio settle WiFi standard essential patent case

Posted in Appeals, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Yesterday Cisco and Innovatio filed an Agreed Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice based on settlement of their litigation involving Innovatio WiFi standard essential patents.  Cisco’s Mark Chandler issued a statement indicating that the case settled for $2.7 million, or about 3.2 cents for 85 million devices even though Judge Holderman ruled that a RAND royalty would … Continue Reading

Update: Judge Whyte finalizes Daubert and evidentiary rulings framing RAND issues for Realtek v. LSI jury trial

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Uncategorized
Judge Whyte recently issued his final ruling on Daubert and other evidence regarding RAND issues for the upcoming Realtek v. LSI jury trial based on his tentative ruling discussed in our Nov. 14 post.  Judge Whyte basically kept his tentative rulings and bases thereof, as discussed in our prior post.  He did provide additional insight into … 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

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

Posted in International Trade Commission
We previously discussed the opening comments filed by respondent Funai in the International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation of whether Realtek and Funai infringe complainant LSI’s alleged 802.11 and H.264 standard essential patents (SEPs). Funai recently filed two sets of reply comments as part of the ITC’s review of the ALJ’s initial determination rejecting Realtek and Funai’s … Continue Reading

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

Posted in International Trade Commission
A few weeks ago we summarized the opening comments filed by respondent Realtek in the International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation of whether Realtek and Funai infringe complainant LSI’s alleged 802.11 and H.264 standard essential patents (SEPs). The ITC is currently reviewing the ALJ’s initial determination of non-infringement of LSI’s SEPs and rejection of Realtek and Funai’s RAND-based … Continue Reading

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

Posted in Uncategorized
We previously discussed the opening 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). To recap, the ALJ’s initial determination found the SEP patents were not infringed but rejected RAND-based defenses. The Commission decided to review the ALJ’s … Continue Reading

IEEE speaks-out on RAND commitments in Ericsson v. D-Link appeal (Fed. Cir. No. 2013-1625)

Posted in Appeals, Litigation, Uncategorized
Last week, on Dec. 20, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) filed an amicus brief (not supporting any side) in the appeals to the Federal Circuit from the jury award and RAND rulings by Judge Leonard Davis in E.D. Tex. concerning three of Ericsson’s 802.11 Wi-Fi patents.  Our August post discussed the pre-appeal … 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

Judge Whyte’s Daubert and evidentiary rulings frame RAND issues for Realtek v. LSI jury trial

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation, Uncategorized
Yesterday Judge Whyte issued an Order with tentative rulings on motion’s in limine and Daubert motions for the upcoming Realtek v. LSI trial where the jury will determine (1) a RAND rate, (2) damages based on the court’s prior ruling that LSI breached its RAND obligations by seeking an exclusion order at the ITC before offering Realtek … 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

Court Precludes Defendants From Raising FRAND Obligation After Dropping That Affirmative Defense

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation, Uncategorized
The Court presiding over Wi-LAN’s patent infringement litigation against HTC and Exedea recently entered an order memorializing the court’s oral rulings on various pre-trial motions and disputes during a September 26, 2013 pre-trial hearing, including whether Wi-LAN’s alleged failure to offer a license on FRAND terms remained an issue in the case after defendants voluntarily withdrew … Continue Reading

PUBLIC version of Judge Holderman’s RAND determination in Innovatio WiFi SEP litigation

Posted in Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized
Today the court posted the public version of Judge Holderman’s 89-page ruling on what constitutes RAND for Innovatio’s WiFi patents — posted much sooner than anticipated in our earlier post.  The court applied a modified version of Judge Robart’s methodology to determine the RAND rate to be paid by manufacturers of WiFi equipment for nineteen of Innovatio’s … 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

Appropriate royalty base for standard-essential patents a disputed issue in Innovatio IP Ventures bench trial

Posted in District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Another week, and another standard-essential patent trial.  Whereas last week brought us the jury’s verdict finding a RAND breach in the Microsoft-Motorola case, the trial this week relates to a determination of the appropriate RAND royalty rate for Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC’s WiFi-essential patent portfolio (consisting of patents previously owned by Broadcom). You may recall … Continue Reading

Judge issues “essential” first-of-its-kind ruling, finding all of Innovatio’s WiFi-related patent claims to be 802.11-essential (and subject to RAND obligations)

Posted in District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
The sprawling patent infringement action in the Northern District of Illinois involving Innovatio IP Ventures is often in the headlines not because it involves standard-essential patents, but because it involves (in part) patent infringement claims brought by a non-practicing entity (Innovatio) against “end users” (coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, etc.).  But last Friday, Judge James F. … Continue Reading

Texas jury finds router makers infringe Ericsson WiFi patents (Ericsson v. D-Link et al.)

Posted in District Courts, Jury verdicts, Litigation
Over the past couple weeks, a jury trial was held in Tyler, Texas on Ericsson’s November 2010 complaint that wireless equipment makers D-Link Corp., Belkin International, Netgear, Acer, Gateway, Dell, and Toshiba infringe several Ericsson patents related to the IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standard and 802.11-compliant equipment (case no. 6:10-cv-00473).  Yesterday, the jury returned its … Continue Reading

WiFi equipment suppliers Cisco and HP step in and file declaratory judgment actions against Innovative Wireless Solutions LLC

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Earlier this week, we provided an update on the multitude of WiFi-related infringement lawsuits brought by non-practicing entity Innovative Wireless Solutions LLC against various hotels and restaurants in Texas, noting that IWS had dismissed these suits (albeit without prejudice).  We had discussed that this was a decidedly “un-Innovatio-like” turn in the cases — but yesterday … Continue Reading
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