Hi-Tech Wins Attys' Fees For ThermoLife 'Nuisance' IP Suit

By Cara Bayles (April 10, 2017, 7:56 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has ruled that ThermoLife International LLC and Stanford University must pay attorneys' fees worth up to $1.3 million to Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc., finding the intellectual property infringement litigation in which the plaintiffs were accused of being "patent trolls" was exceptional under the Octane standard.

On April 4, U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino granted Vital and Hi-Tech's additional bid for fees under the U.S. Supreme Court's Octane Fitness ruling, saying ThermoLife and Stanford hadn't done enough research before filing patent infringment litigation over the use of the patented amino acid L-arginine and pursued...

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