Posted On: February 23, 2009 by YCST

Judge Sue L. Robinson: Form 18 Complies with post-Twombly Pleading Standard for Infringement Case

A great area of discussion since the Supreme Court's decision in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007) has been whether the bare bones pleading requirements typically seen in a patent infringement complaint would be sufficient or whether more detail would be required. The District of Delaware, following Federal Circuit precedent, has confirmed that a complaint alleging infringement based on Fed. R. Civ. P. Form 18 (2006) will be sufficient to survive a motion to dismiss. S.O.I.TEC Silicon On Insulator Technologies, S.A. v. MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., C.A. No. 08-292-SLR, Memo. Order (D. Del. Feb. 20, 2009). The Court found that a plaintiff does not need to specify particular products or manufacturing details nor does a plaintiff need to set forth specific factual allegations in support of a claim for willful infringement. Id. at 3-4.

S.O.I.TEC Silicon On Insulator Technologies, S.A. v. MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., C.A. No. 08-292-SLR, Memo. Order (D. Del. Feb. 20, 2009).