Friday, June 26, 2009

Plaintiff Allowed Technical Discovery Concerning Products Not Accused of Infringing in Its Preliminary Infringement Contentions

Plaintiff was entitled to "technical reports, process flows, and recipes sufficient to show the process [defendant] uses to form semiconductor contacts in its processor products" even though plaintiff's preliminary infringement contentions did not accuse defendant's processors of infringing the patent-in-suit. "Some district courts have found that in patent cases, 'the scope of discovery may include products and services reasonably similar to those accused in the preliminary infringement contentions' . . . Here, [plaintiff] contends that it discovered during a recent deposition that [defendant's] processors use the same process for making semiconductor contacts as the accused memory products. Under [plaintiff's] theory, the products are reasonably similar insofar as the processes for forming semiconductor contacts. . . . The Court agrees with [plaintiff] that its failure to specifically accuse the processor products is not dispositive as [defendant] had notice that [plaintiff] accused what is purportedly the same process in a different product."

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd., 3-08-cv-00986
(CAND June 24, 2009, Order) (Illston, J.)

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