Digitech Can't Dodge AIA Joinder Rules In IP Suit

Law360, New York (October 2, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday split up a patent infringement case against 45 camera companies and electronics retailers, ruling that the Digitech Image Technologies LLC couldn't use “creative” arguments to get around the America Invents Act's mass joinder prohibitions.

U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright rejected what he called Digitech's “web” of joinders — a sequence of links between manufacturers like Sony Corp. and Nikon Inc. to retailers like Best Buy Co. Inc. and Target Corp. — to include “all defendants in the known universe”...
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