Technology Properties Limited, LLC v. Canon, Inc. et al, 4-14-cv-03640 (CAND January 26, 2017, Order) (Wilken, USDJ)
Monday, January 30, 2017
Counsel Not Liable for Attorney Fees Award Under 35 U.S.C. § 285
Following summary judgment of noninfringement, the court granted defendant's motion for attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285, but denied defendant's motion to hold plaintiffs' counsel jointly and severally liable for those fees. "[Defendant] seeks to hold Plaintiffs’ attorneys jointly and severally liable for attorneys’ fees under § 285; however, [defendant] cites no authority for its request, and both the text of the statute and applicable authority indicate the contrary. Furthermore, Plaintiffs’ attorneys brought this suit two years before the Supreme Court’s decision in [Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1749 (2014)], which significantly altered the legal landscape concerning fee-shifting under § 285."