Sorna Corporation v. Pacsgear, Inc., 0-13-cv-02794 (MND November 14, 2014, Order) (Brisbois, M.J.)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Provisional Rights Must be Pled as Separate Claim
The court denied plaintiff's motion to compel discovery as to when defendant became aware of plaintiff's patent applications. "The Court’s research indicates that a claim of pre-issuance infringement pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 154(d) should generally be expressly pled in a complaint as a claim that is separate from a claim of infringement pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 271. Plaintiff has not offered any legal authority or argument that its conclusory reference in its prayer for relief and allegation regarding only one of the two elements of a claim of pre-issuance infringement is sufficient to have alleged a claim of pre-issuance infringement pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 154(d). . . . As such, the supplemental answers Plaintiff seeks . . . would involve information that is not relevant to a claim or defense currently in the case and Plaintiff is not entitled to obtain discovery regarding that issue."