'Patent Troll' Must Pay HTC, Motorola Atty Fees In IP Row

By Y. Peter Kang (August 28, 2015, 8:29 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Friday awarded partial attorneys' fees to HTC Corp., Motorola Mobility LLC and BlackBerry Ltd. in a dismissed patent infringement suit brought by Advanced Video Technologies LLC, which the judge called a "patent troll" that must pay fees under the U.S. Supreme Court's Octane ruling.

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon ruled the case to be exceptional under the standard set by the high court's 2014 decision in Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness, which lowered the bar for approval of attorneys' fees in baseless patent cases.

"Plaintiff is a patent assertion entity (known colloquially as...

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