Friday, November 22, 2013

Motion for Attorneys’ Fees is Premature During Appeal of Claim Construction

The court denied without prejudice defendant's motion for attorneys' fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 until after plaintiff's appeal of claim construction. "The Court concludes that [defendant's] present motion is premature. [Defendant's] fee request could be affected by the outcome of the pending appeal of the Court’s claim construction, and the Court believes it is prudent to await the decision on appeal before ruling on any fees request. Accordingly, the Court denies the present motion without prejudice to [defendant] to bring the motion, if warranted, after the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issues its decision on the pending appeal of the Court’s claim construction."

Superior Industries, LLC v. Masaba, Inc., 0-10-cv-00764 (MND November 20, 2013, Order) (Frank, J.)

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