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Magistrate Judge Leonard P. Stark: Discovery Issues in Judge Robinson Bifurcated Case

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In December of 2009, Judge Robinson amended her form scheduling order in patent cases to provide for bifurcation of the issues of liability and damages/willfulness for both discovery and trial. In one of the cases in which these issues are bifurcated, the parties were referred to Magistrate Stark to resolve certain discovery-related issues. Teles AG Informationstechnologien v. Cisco Systems, Inc., C.A. No. 09-72-SLR-LPS, Order (D. Del. Dec. 28, 2009).

First, the court denied plaintiff’s request to remove the confidential designation from certain documents related to defendant’s commercial success so that it may submit the information to the PTO as part of the reexamination of its patents. Id. at 2. The Court found that plaintiff did not provide any authority to support its position that defendant had an obligation to provide the information to the PTO nor that it “suppressed” this evidence. Id.

Second, the court denied plainitff’s motion for an additional deposition of defendant’s 30(b)(6) witness on certain topics where the defendant properly objected to the testimony as outside the scope of limited damages discovery in the bifurcated case. Id. at 2-3. Specifically, plaintiff inquired about two routers that it says are accused products but were not identified in its infringement contentions and defendant’s “cost of sales” which was not mentioned in plaintiff’s submission to the Court addressing what commercial success evidence should be permitted. Id. at 3.

Teles AG Informationstechnologien v. Cisco Systems, Inc., C.A. No. 09-72-SLR-LPS, Order (D. Del. Dec. 28, 2009).

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