Signet Bid For Sanctions Fails In Lens Patent Feud

Law360, New York (March 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Lens maker Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH won't face the discovery-delay sanctions called for by rival Signet Armorlite Inc. in an ongoing spat over a patent covering spherical spectacle lenses, but must comply with a court order to produce relevant documents, a magistrate judge has found.

Magistrate judge Louisa S. Porter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recommended that the court reject Signet's motion to impose sanctions on Carl Zeiss for what defendants allege was a “pattern of discovery misconduct” pertaining...
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