Law360: Federal Circuit Orders Sanctions for 'Frivolous' Raylon IP Suit

12/10/2012

Patent-holding company Raylon LLC must be sanctioned for filing a "frivolous" patent suit against Complus Data Innovations Inc. and others, the Federal Circuit held Friday in an unusual reversal of a lower court's decision that sanctions were not warranted.

The appeals court concluded that the claim construction offered by Raylon in the case, over patents for devices used to issue traffic tickets, was contrary to all evidence and proper legal standards...

According to John R. Emerson of Haynes and Boone, LLP, an attorney for Complus, the ruling may be the first time the Federal Circuit has ever reversed a district court's refusal to award sanctions, which he said highlights how unreasonable Raylon's position was.

"It was an extraordinary case. Their claim construction was just completely untenable," he said...

Complus is represented by John R. Emerson, Debra J. McComas, Donald Edward Tiller and Sean M. O'Neill of Haynes and Boone.

Excerpted from Law360, December 10, 2012. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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