Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 12, 2015 will be a discussion of the following recent cases:
SCA Hygiene Prods. v. First Quality Baby Products (Fed. Cir. Sept. 18, 2015) (available here). In this en banc opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal with respect to laches, where the plaintiff delayed more than six-years in filing the suit, but reversed the district court’s ruling with respect to equitable estoppel based on the parties’ limited pre-filing discussions.
Nordock Inc. v. Systems Inc. (Fed Cir. Sept. 29 2015) (available here). Nordock sued Systems Inc. alleging infringement of design patent D579,754. The district court held that the defendant infringed the design patent and that the design patent was valid. The district court entered judgment in favor of plaintiff for $46,825. On appeal, the Federal Circuit vacated the damages award and remanded to the district court for a new trial on damages, holding that the district court erred in its calculation of damages.