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Judge Sleet denies motion to stay pending inter partes review

Judge Gregory M. Sleet recently considered defendants’ motion to stay pending inter partes review of one patent in suit.  f’Real Foods, LLC v. Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., No. 16-41-GMS (D. Del. Mar. 9, 2017).  Judge Sleet denied the motion, finding that the plaintiff would suffer undue prejudice and because the litigation at issue “will be minimally simplified.”  Id. at 2.  Judge Sleet importantly noted that the parties are direct competitors and that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board instituted inter partes review on only one claim of one of the patents in suit.  Id. at 2, n.3.  Further, there were many issues in the litigation  that would not be impacted by the inter partes review, namely “the litigation of the two patents-in-suit for which Defendants have not sought IPR, trademark infringement issues, and Defendants inequitable conduct and antitrust counterclaims.”  Id. at 3, n.4 (internal quotations omitted).

f’Real Foods, LLC v. Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., No. 16-41-GMS (D. Del. Mar. 9, 2017)

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