Case Study: Armstrong Pump V. Hartman

Law360, New York (April 16, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT) -- In a little-noticed but important decision for the patent bar, Judge William Skretny of the Western District of New York dismissed an alleged infringer's general counterclaim for patent invalidity as failing to meet minimal pleading standards because it did not provide a plausible basis as to how or why the patents are invalid. Armstrong Pump Inc. v. Hartman, 10-cv-446, NYLJ 1202547512922, at *1 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 25, 2012).

The counterclaim at issue asserted that "[a]ll claims of the [suit] patent[s] are invalid for failing to meet one...
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