Patent Holder Gets Fees Order Reversed After Claims Ruling

Law360, New York (December 16, 2016, 10:03 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Friday reversed his decision ordering the holder of a patent for online voting contests to pay nearly $29,000 in attorneys’ fees to a small business it sued for infringement, saying the company had a strong case and did not litigate the matter unreasonably.

U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle granted a motion for reconsideration from Garfum.com Corp. in its lawsuit against Reflections By Ruth, accepting Garfum's argument that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approval of nearly identical claims shows that the case did not lack “substantive strength.”

While Judge Simandle previously said it should have...

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