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$173M Jury Verdict Given in East Texas Court

(Plano, Texas – April 22, 2021) An East Texas jury awarded $172.5 million today for patent infringement, indicating to Judge Mazzant and his Court that the infringement was willful.  See Dkt 460 in Wapp Tech Limited Partnership et al v. Micro Focus International PLC, 4-18-cv-00469 (EDTX 2021-04-22, Jury Verdict) (Amos L. Mazzant, III).  Judge Mazzant later indicated that this was one of the largest verdicts yet for a patent infringement case in the Sherman Division Courthouse, located in...

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Nike, Fitbit/Google, Under Armour Fail against Inventor Cellspin Soft

(April 14, 2021 – Oakland, CA) Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the Northern District of California has denied a concerted attempt to invalidate an inventor’s patents by a force comprised of Fitbit, Inc., Moov, Inc., Nike, Inc., Under Armour, Inc., Fossil Group, Inc., Misfit Inc., Garmin International, Inc., Garmin USA Inc., Nikon Inc., and Nikon Americas, Inc. According to Bloomberg Law, Cellspin Soft, Inc., with a team led by Garteiser Honea’s Scott Fuller and Randall...

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Intel Must Pay $2.2B to VLSI, says WDTX Jury and Judge Albright

(March 2, 2021 – Waco, Texas) — Intel was just found making significant money off two of VLSI’s patented inventions without any regard for the inventor of those technologies and has been ordered to pay $2.18 Billion in damages.  These patents, US7,725,759, a “System and method of managing clock speed in an electronic device,” and US7,523,373, “Minimum memory operating voltage technique” were the subject of a case captioned VLSI Technology LLC v. Intel...

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Garteiser Honea announces Tom Fasone as new Partner!

(Tyler, Texas) — On October 29, 2019, IP Litigation Boutique Garteiser Honea announced that Tom Fasone III joined the firm’s ranks as a Partner. Prior to Garteiser Honea, Mr. Fasone practiced complex commercial and intellectual property litigation for over two decades at the highly acclaimed national law firm of McKool Smith and served as the first Vice President and General Counsel at a Dallas based commercial lighting technology company.   “We are elated by...

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Garteiser Honea announces Scott Fuller as new Partner!

(San Francisco, October 10, 2018) — On Wednesday, IP Litigation Boutique Garteiser Honea announced the addition of M. Scott Fuller as a new partner. Formerly a partner and co-chair of the Texas IP Litigation Practice Group at the international firm Locke Lord LLP, Mr. Fuller is a powerful addition to the already formidable group at Garteiser Honea. “We are obviously very excited to have Scott join the firm,” said co-founder Randall T. Garteiser.  “He brings many years of...

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Garteiser Honea wins one more as Judge Denies Motion to Transfer HP

(June 27, 2018 – Tyler, Texas) Today, Garteiser Honea won a key victory for its client against HP, Inc., represented by Jones Day in an attempt to move venue to the N.D. Cal in TXED 6:17-cv-0462 Dkt. 30, consolidated as 6:17-cv-0300-RWS, Dkt. 91. Hewlett-Packard had a sufficient presence in the Eastern District of Texas such that the court ruled it was “clearly not more convenient to move the case to the Northern District of California.” In his ruling, Judge Schroeder did not put any...

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Samsung to pay $11M to Rembrandt Wireless for Infringement of Bluetooth Patents

(Marshall, TX, March 28, 2018) – Judge Gilstrap today ordered Samsung to pay $11,111,920 to Rembrandt Wireless for infringement of two patents related to Bluetooth technology. In Rembrandt Wireless Technologies, LP vs. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, case no. 2:13-cv-00213-JRG (EDTX), Judge Rodney Gilstrap today granted Rembrandt’s proposal to calculate royalties per-unit sold rather than Samsung’s...

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Telebrands’ Balloons of Willful Infringement are Popped by Bunch O Balloons.

(Tyler TX, November 21, 2017) — A jury verdict awarded $12.3 million to Plaintiffs Tinnus Enterprises and ZURU Ltd (collectively, “Plaintiff”) due to damages in a patent infringement case against a well known U.S. telemarketing firm, Telebrands and its subsidiary Bulbhead.com. The patent for the product “Bunch O Balloons” was originally issued on Jan. 16, 2016 in patent No. 9242749. Owner and inventor Josh Malone and ZURU’s Chief Operating Officer Anna Mowbray voiced their...

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VIZIO, Inc. & the Two Dismissal Rule

(Santa Ana CA, May 22, 2017) – While the two dismissal rule is unfortunately employed by patent and copyright infringers as a strategy to avoid a fair trial on the merits, blatant misuse of Rule 41 may move a court to deny application of the two dismissal rule. See Two Strikes and You’re ‘Out!’ – FRCP 41 & Copyright Trolls at DieTrollDie.com (accessed Nov. 8, 2017). Moreover, it may also place an infringer in the unfavorable position of trying a case before a judge who views its...

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TC Heartland May Not Affect Many Cases Filed in the Eastern District of Texas

(Washington D.C., May 22, 2017) – Today the Supreme Court issued its TC Heartland ruling. The case, TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC was summarized by many in the media as significantly impacting venue, but ultimately cannot impact much at all. The question spoke to 28 U.S. Code § 1400(b), which says: (b) Any civil action for patent infringement may be brought in the judicial district where the defendant resides, or where the defendant has committed acts of...

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Google Ordered to Pay $20M to Inventors of Anti-Malware Technology used in Chrome

(February 14, 2017 – Marshall, Texas) – A jury has found Google liable for $20M in damages for infringing all claims of three anti-malware patents in their Chrome web browser. In Alfonso Cioffi et al v. Google, Inc., 2:13-cv-0103-JRG-RSP, engineers Allen Rozman and Alfonso Cioffi, both Texans, created the technology to keep internet users safe and were deemed the inventors of such by the federal Patent and Trademark Office. When Google began using it, they were forced to sue to maintain...

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Apple Could Only Win A Transfer Motion — Not a Trial

(December 15, 2016 – Marin County, California) – Is filing a transfer motion worth it?  A company’s backyard doesn’t seem like the fairest place to have a trial when the damage occurred in a another state, but that’s what happened here.  However, the people in California found Apple infringed the asserted patents, the way it would have happened in Texas. Critics say E.D. Texas juries award too much, but really they just understand property rights better than most.  Most people...

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VirnetX v Apple, Round 3. Jury votes Apple owes $302 million.

(Tyler, Texas – October 4, 2016) – VirnetX won again against Apple.  A jury calculated that technology giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) owes more than $302 million in royalties to Nevada-based VirnetX Holding Corp. (NYSE: VHC) for infringing internet security patents owned by VirnetX.  Jurors in the Tyler, Texas, courtroom of Judge Robert W. Schroeder III delivered the verdict in favor of VirnetX on Sept. 30 after one week of trial. The case is VirnetX Inc., et al. v. Apple Inc.,...

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Rembrandt v Samsung Closes at $15.7 Million

(Tyler, Texas – February 26, 2016)  A jury unanimously handed down a $15.7 million verdict against Samsung in Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al, TXED 2:13-cv-00213. The case involved two Bluetooth technologies owned by Rembrandt, US Patent Numbers 8,023,580 and 8,457,228, both of which were found “infringed” and “not invalid” by the jury. Reviewing the verdict, Judge Gilstrap found that the verdict was reasonable and...

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Samsung Also Found to be Willfully Infringing in $7M Verdict

(Tyler, Texas – February 9, 2016)  A jury handed down a $7 million verdict against Samsung on Friday, finding they willfully infringed various patents owned by Imperium IP Holdings. A finding of willfulness notably allows the Judge to increase the fine, up to triple. The case involved US Patent Numbers 6,271,884 and 6,836,290, both technologies for improving the quality of photos. The jury disagreed with Samsung’s contention that the patents were obvious, awarding Imperium $4.8...

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Post-Alice §101 Challenge Denied in Gonzalez v InfoStream

(Tyler, Texas – February 6, 2016) Judge Roy Payne today sent down a recommendation in Gonzalez v. InfoStream Group et al. (TXED 2:14-cv-00906-JRG, Docket No. 60) that producing “digital labels” is patent eligible under §101. He thus denied defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment on those grounds. A granting of a Motion for Summary Judgment is what the public sometimes refers as the case being “thrown out.” These Motions for Summary Judgment argue that...

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Apple’s Damages in VirnetX Enhanced to $625M after Finding of Willfulness

(Tyler, Texas – February 3, 2016) It’s an infinite loop, alright. After successfully overturning a $368 million judgment in which Apple was found guilty of infringement, a jury revisited the case and found Apple to have been willful in their infringement and to have continued unabated since the earlier verdict. They reinstated and “enhanced” the damages, now $625 million, in in Apple vs. VirnetX, TXED 6:12-cv-00855-RWS. The patents in question, each belonging to...

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ContentGuard v Apple – $420,000 Bill of Costs Approved by Judge Gilstrap

(Tyler, Texas – January 20, 2016) After a successful defense, Judge Gilstrap today granted Apple’s Bill of Costs in the amount of $420,000. This came two months to the day after a jury verdict denying Plaintiff ContentGuard’s contentions in the Eastern District of Texas’s case 2:13-cv-1112. ContentGuard was represented by a team 17-deep from McKool Smith, including Samuel Baxter, Robert Cote, David Dehoney, Craig Donahue, Holly Engelmann, Shahar Harel, Seth Hasenour,...

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Chinese Smartphone ZTE Willfully Infringed Patents, East Texas Judge Says

(Tyler, Texas – Tuesday, October 13, 2015)  Federal Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas denied an attempt by Chinese smartphone maker ZTE to have a $32 million judgement against them overturned and a new trial initiated. Judge Gilstrap said the jury did their job appropriately and effectively and were properly instructed on the law.   After deliberating less than 45 minutes, Jurors unanimously found in June that ZTE infringed all five asserted data entry claims,...

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Jury Finds Apple Infringes Another Patent, This Time Approaching $900M

(Tyler, Texas – Monday, October 12, 2015, Columbus Day)  A federal jury decided that Apple’s iPhones and iPads infringe on a University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation patent, central to the devices’ A7, A8, and A8X processors.  Judge William M. Conley said that Apple’s licensing fees and other damages could total as much as 862 million dollars.   Apple’s stock has fallen close to 2% since the announcement.  Overall AAPL has fallen 18% in the last...

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Audible Magic’s Motion to Strike Infringement Contentions Denied

(January 12, 2015 – Tyler, Texas) Judge Caroline Craven denied Defendant Audible Magic’s Motion to Strike Plaintiff Blue Spike, LLC’s preliminary infringement contentions. Blue Spike, LLC v. Texas Instruments, et al., 6:12-cv-499-MHS-CMC, Dkt. No. 1898. Plaintiff Blue Spike, LLC served preliminary contentions in February of 2014 and upon request of Defendant Audible Magic, amended those infringement contentions to respond to alleged deficiencies. Defendant Audible Magic filed a motion to...

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Google Can’t Escape EDTX by Cherry-Picking Witnesses, says Judge

(Tyler, Texas – Friday, September 24, 2014)  Judge Roy Payne of the Eastern District of Texas denied Google Inc.’s Motion to Transfer a patent infringement case against them to Northern California. “The Court is significantly concerned that Google is not being fully candid,” wrote Judge Payne.  He further agreed Tuesday with the Rockstar Consortium LP that Google’s motion represented “cherry picking prior art witnesses,” that “non-party...

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Cognitec’s Motion To Dismiss Denied

My Trusty Gavel (Photo credit: steakpinball) (Tyler, Texas – Tuesday, July 22, 2014) Judge Caroline Craven of the Eastern District of Texas recommended denying Cognitec Systems Corp. and Cognitec Systems GmbH’s (Cognitec’s) motion to dismiss Blue Spike, LLC’s claims of indirect and willful patent infringement in Blue Spike, LLC v. Texas Instruments Inc., 6:12-CV-499. Cognitec filed its FRCP 12(b)(6) motion on November 21, 2013 alleging that Plaintiff failed to state a claim on which...

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Texas Instruments Hit With $3M Verdict

(Tyler, Texas – Friday, June 20, 2014) An East Texas federal jury returned a verdict against Defendant Texas Instruments Incorporated in a patent litigation case in the amount of $3 million. 6:11-cv-491-MHS-JDL, Dkt. No. 413. Paintiff U.S. Ethernet Innovations, LLC filed suit for patent infringement of U.S. Patent Number 5,434,872 – “Apparatus for automatic initiation of data transmission” and two other patents which were removed from the case prior to trial. While the...

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Washington Redskins’ Trademark Canceled by Patent and Trademark Office

Redskins primary logo 1972-1981, 1983-present (Photo credit: Wikipedia) (Arlington, Virginia — Wednesday, June 18, 2014) The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) determined this week that the name of the NFL’s Washington Redskins is “disparaging to Native Americans”; as a result the PTO canceled the Redskins trademark. Under a hail of increased political and social pressure over the past months, the Redskins have been fighting a turning tide to keep their team name. Five...

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East Texas Jury Returns $18.8 Million Verdict in Patent Infringment Case

English: I took photo with Canon camera in Tyler, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) (Tyler, Texas Friday, June 6, 2014) An East Texas Jury returned am $18.8 million verdict in favor of the Plaintiff in EON Corp. IP Holdings, LLC v. Silver Spring Networks, Inc., 6:11-cv-0317-JDL (E.D. Tex. 2011). EON sued several defendants in along with Silver Spring in June 2011 claiming Silver Spring’s two-way communications network and related software violated EON’s U.S. Patent Nos. 5,388,101; 5,481,546;...

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Federal Circuit Denies Microsoft’s Transfer out of the Eastern District of Texas

(Washington, D.C. – Monday, May 5, 2014) The Federal Circuit determined that Plaintiff PersonalWeb Technologies LLC’s case against Microsoft Corp. for violation of certain patents should stay in the Eastern District of Texas. PersonalWeb commenced its action against Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, and others in September 2012. Microsoft later filed a motion to transfer the case to its home court in Washington. Chief Judge Leonard Davis denied the motion to transfer to preserve judicial...

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Federal Circuit Denies Groupon’s Transfer a Second Time

(Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, April 23, 2014) Defendant Groupon Inc. filed a writ of mandamus to transfer its case from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff, Blue Calypso Inc., commenced the action in its home state of Texas and more specifically the Eastern District of Texas. Blue Calypso accused Groupon of infringing five of its patents by operating a computer-based advertising service to registered users within an advertisers geographical...

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Truth and Fact About Inter Partes Review

(Alexandria, VA – Friday, April 18, 2014) Recently, attorneys at an American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Conference ran amuck, fear-mongering about the Patent Trial and Review Board (PTAB). Attorneys, legal bloggers, and others around the country are and have been claiming that Inter Partes Review has proven to be more popular and more effective at invalidating patents than anyone originally expected. The current rumored figure is that 95% of patent claims brought before the...

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