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After more than a year of deliberations, Judge Dennis Saylor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts handed a victory to firm client DeWalch Technologies, Inc. of Houston, Texas.  In the case, Inner-Tite Corp. of Holden, Mass. accused DeWalch of infringing a patent directed to a locking device for an electric utility meter box.   At trial, Finnegan presented evidence of no literal infringement and no infringement under the doctrine of equivalents.  The court found in favor of DeWalch on all counts.

When Walgreen Co. faced a damage award of nearly $20 million, including prejudgment interest, for infringement of a patent on a “head chair,” the company turned to Finnegan. Although Walgreen had sold only $220,000 of the product, a jury awarded over $1 million in lost profits and another $10 million in future lost profits, which grew to nearly $20 million with interest. On appeal, the Federal Circuit agreed with our argument that the jury award, and the expert testimony on which it was based, was so speculative that it could not stand. The court granted a remittitur, reducing the damage award to $220,000—the amount of actual sales—and further reversed the award of prejudgment interest as it was based on future sales that had not occurred.

A jury in the U.S. District Court in Delaware found that French Door refrigerators produced by Finnegan client LG Electronics do not infringe a Whirlpool patent, but found that some patent claims covered certain earlier-generation LG side-by-side refrigerators, which LG is no longer making. The jury determined that LG was not willfully infringing these claims.  Another Whirlpool patent asserted against LG was found invalid.  Whirlpool was awarded $1.78 million for infringement of the earlier-generation side-by-side refrigerators, an amount well below Whirlpool’s quest for total damages of more than $22 million.

We assisted our client in developing and negotiating an arrangement for pooling essential patents for an adopted standard. We created contracts by which the client became the agent for the patent owners in granting licenses to all applicants on a RAND basis.

Nearly a year after accusing firm client FedEx of patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Big Baboon, Inc. of Sunnyvale, California, agreed to dismiss its claims against FedEx.  The stipulated dismissal came after Finnegan attorneys persuaded Big Baboon that its accusations were baseless. 

In its highly anticipated Bilski v. Kappos decision, issued on June 28, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's "machine−or−transformation" test, which required that a patentable process either be tied to a machine or apparatus or involve a transformation of a particular article into a different state or thing.   The Court also affirmatively recognized that "business methods" are not categorically excluded from the scope of 35 U.S.C. § 101.   The decision was the culmination of Finnegan’s efforts on behalf of the applicants in In re Bilski, which began with the Supreme Court granting Finnegan’s petition for a writ of certiorari filed in June 2009.  The petition sought to overturn a decision issued on October 30, 2008, by the Federal Circuit which set forth a test requiring that a patentable process either be tied to a machine or apparatus or involve a transformation of one thing into something else.  While the Supreme Court affirmed the rejection of the Bilski business method patent application, its decision overturning the Federal Circuit’s machine-or-transformation test was a victory for patents on business method and software.  Finnegan made the oral argument before the Court on November 9, 2009. 

When a major news organization was accused of copyright infringement, it relied on Finnegan to evaluate the claims and defend against the spurious suit in the Eastern District of Michigan. Finnegan's mediation brief established that our client did not infringe, and a favorable settlement followed.

Seoul Semiconductor received favorable rulings on several important motions in its U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) case led by Finnegan against Nichia Corporation, paving the way to a valuable cross-licensing deal as part of a settlement ending years of litigation in courts across the globe.  Finnegan represented SSC in cases from the Eastern District of Texas to the Central District of California, as well as at the Federal Circuit.  Shares in SSC rose fifteen percent on the Korea Exchange following the announcement.

When a leading patent management company wanted to generate royalties from patents developed and owned by an international group of research and operating companies, it turned to Finnegan for assistance in setting up and running a licensing and enforcement program involving a full range of activities—analyzing the patents, identifying infringers in the marketplace, negotiating and drafting license agreements, litigating to enforce the patents, and providing strategic advice throughout the process.

On the third day of trial in the Eastern District of Texas, the judge directed a verdict against the plaintiffs and in favor of Finnegan clients ADT Security Systems, Inc. and Digital Security Controls, Ltd. on all claims.  The plaintiffs were seeking damages for the alleged infringement of a patent relating to a telephone line coupler circuit.  The judge’s ruling for the defendants followed in the wake of a number of favorable rulings on pretrial motions that narrowed the scope of the case.


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