Prism Technologies, LLC v. Sprint Spectrum, LP, 8-12-cv-00123 (NED August 8, 2017, Order) (Strom, USDJ)
Thursday, August 10, 2017
$30 Million Judgment Set Aside Due to Federal Circuit's Invalidation of Patent Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in Separate Case
The court granted defendant's motion for relief from a $30 million judgment because the Federal Circuit invalidated the patent in another case under 35 U.S.C. § 101. "The patent claims at issue in the [other] case which were invalidated by the Federal Circuit were and are the same claims at issue here. . . . Given that the Federal Circuit has conclusively adjudged the patent claims, which provide the very basis for [plaintiff's] $30 million judgment, to be invalid; the Court finds no just reason why such a judgment ought to stand when the claims 'are predicated on a nullity' and unenforceable to the rest of the world."