Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Willful Infringement Claim Requires Allegation of Egregious Conduct​

The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiffs' willful patent infringement claims for failure to state a claim. "Plaintiffs have failed to state a claim for willful infringement because they have failed to allege any facts suggesting that Defendant’s conduct is 'egregious . . . beyond typical infringement.' Plaintiffs have simply made the conclusory allegations that Defendant was aware of the [patent-in-suit] and that the 'continued offer, use, and promotion of its infringing social casino products . . . constitutes willful and egregious infringement behavior.'. . . [M]erely asserting that Defendant knew about the patent and continued its allegedly infringing activity is not enough to constitute willful infringement."

CG Technology Development, LLC et al v. Zynga, Inc., 2-16-cv-00859 (NVD February 17, 2017, Order) (Jones, USDJ)

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