Posted On: April 3, 2012 by Pilar G. Kraman

Special Master White limits plaintiff to 25 asserted claims, reduced from 60 claims

In XPRT Ventures, LLC v. eBay, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 10-595-SLR (D. Del. Mar. 26, 2012), after the completion of discovery and a couple weeks before the deadline for opening claim construction and summary judgment briefs, defendants filed an emergency motion to compel plaintiff to reduce the number of claims asserted in the case from sixty to twenty.  Plaintiff opposed defendants’ motion arguing that, while it can and should reduce the number of claims, defendants’ motion was premature.  Id. at 5. Plaintiff asked that the Court “permit XPRT the time to complete its analysis of the claims and to continue to assert all of the claims that do not contain duplicative issues of infringement or validity.”  Id. at 6.  Special Master White responded with the question, “if not now, then when?  The time has come to present the issues in dispute to the Court in an orderly fashion.”  Id.  Because plaintiff “must know what claims will be pursued before preparing its claim construction brief[,]” Special Master White order plaintiff to disclose no more than 25 asserted claims by noon on the day plaintiff’s opening claim construction brief was due to be filed.  Id.

XPRT Ventures, LLC v. eBay, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 10-595-SLR (D. Del. Mar. 26, 2012)