Tech Co. Gets Costs For Tardy Gov't Action In Patent Dispute

By Tiffany Hu (April 22, 2021, 8:31 PM EDT) -- The Court of Federal Claims has ordered the U.S. government to pay up for its untimely invalidity arguments in a patent lawsuit brought by Science Applications International Corp., but it allowed the government to keep its defenses in the case.

In a 22-page decision Wednesday, Judge Eleni M. Roumel said that the government failed to provide "any justification, much less a substantial justification" as to why it failed to disclose its theory that several phrases in SAIC's patents were indefinite before a court-ordered deadline for claim construction discovery.

The government argued that it disclosed its position prior to the close of...

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