Imperium IP Holdings (Cayman), Ltd. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al, 4-14-cv-00371 (TXED April 3, 2018, Order) (Mazzant, USDJ)
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Invalidation of One Patent Does Not Justify Reduction of $7 Million Attorney Fees Award
The court granted plaintiff's motion for over $7 million in attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 and rejected defendants' argument that the fees should be reduced by 33% on the ground that one of the patents-in-suit was found to be invalid as obvious because the hours billed were inextricably intertwined. "[Plaintiff's] counsels’ work on 'unsuccessful claims was intimately related to the work done on successful claims.' Most of [plaintiff's] counsels’ time was 'devoted to the litigation as a whole, making it impossible to divide the work done on each individual claim.' The number of witnesses called at trial did not increase as a result of the unsuccessful claims. Further, all of [plaintiff's] claims were so closely related that allocating the amount of time spent litigating each individual claim would have been impossible."