Switch Patent Owner Hit With Fees For 'Unreasonable' Suit

Law360, New York (July 9, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT) -- Citing the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Octane Fitness ruling, a California federal judge has ordered Action Star Enterprise Co. Ltd. to pay attorneys' fees to KaiJet Technology International Ltd., which it unsuccessfully sued over a computer switch patent, as a sanction for bringing an "unreasonable" suit.

U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell ruled Monday that Action Star's conduct in the case, including withholding discoverable information from KaiJet, merits sanctions of $365,444 under the standard the high court set in April that judges can award fees in "exceptional" cases that stand out from others.

"Due to the unreasonable manner in which the...

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