Linear Can't Nab Fees In Battery Patent Holder's Suit

By Allissa Wickham (August 27, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT) -- A Texas magistrate judge shot down Linear Technology Corp.'s bid for attorneys' fees in an suit brought by patent-holding company Charge Lion LLC alleging infringement of a battery patent, ruling Linear hadn't shown the patent holder had alleged unreasonable claims or improperly forced defendants into licensing deals.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love flatly denied the Milpita, California-based circuit manufacturer's motion for attorneys' fees after finding Linear hadn't shown the case was exceptional, as it had failed to support its claim that Charge Lion had acted in bad faith by trying to "extract" settlements from other defendants in the suit....

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