Blind-Maker Hit With Fees For 'Lack Of Respect' For Patent
Law360, San Francisco (January 31, 2018, 7:12 PM EST) -- A California federal judge tripled damages that a jury awarded against a now-bankrupt blind-maker to $3 million and ordered it to pay $400,000 in attorneys’ fees, finding the company's litigation behavior "evinces a lack of respect for plaintiff’s patent rights and the litigation process.”
In a Jan. 29 ruling, U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford found that the case is exceptional and warrants attorneys’ fees under the high court’s Octane Fitness ruling, particularly since the Chino, California-based Custom Blinds and Components Inc. failed to support its defense arguments at trial with evidence and expert testimony.
“Defendant maintained invalidity defenses through the...
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