Technology Properties Limited, LLC v. Canon, Inc. et al, 4-14-cv-03640 (CAND April 12, 2017, Order) (Wilken, USDJ)
Friday, April 14, 2017
Defendant’s Multiplication of Proceedings No Basis for Reducing Attorney Fees Award for Plaintiff’s Exceptionally Weak Claims
The court granted in part defendant's requested attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 and rejected plaintiffs' objection that the fees should be reduced on the ground that defendant unreasonably multiplied the proceedings. "In the Court’s [prior] Order, it found that [defendant] engaged in some activity that prolonged the litigation, including 'unreasonably' refusing to designate representative products. . . . Where a plaintiff’s case is exceptionally weak on the merits, as here, rather than because of litigation misconduct, this rule counsels full fee shifting from the time the case became exceptionally weak on the merits. The entire case from that point on is exceptional and the extra legal effort required to counteract the lawsuit includes the entirety of a vigorous defense. In the context of this case, [defendant] did not exceed that limitation."