Gilstrap Hands Out Fee Awards After Nixing EDekka Patent

Law360, New York (January 20, 2016, 4:12 PM EST) -- U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap on Tuesday awarded $390,829 in attorneys' fees to ASICS America, Mars and 22 other companies that nonpracticing entity eDekka had accused of infringing its Web shopping cart patent, after finding the patent to be "clearly" invalid under Alice.

Eastern District of Texas Judge Gilstrap instructed eDekka LLC to pay awards ranging from $12,179 to $30,968 to ASICS America Corp., Mars Inc. and the other companies after determining in December that the defendants had demonstrated the nonpracticing entity's case was "objectively unreasonable" and that it had been litigated unreasonably, according to his two-paragraph order.

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