Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al

Filing 536

RESPONSE in Opposition re 505 Emergency SEALED MOTION for Leave to File AOL's Motion for Summary Judgment of Noninfringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,893,120 for Lack of Performance filed by Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Cawley, Douglas)

Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al Doc. 536 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC, Plaintiff, v. SOFTLAYER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., et al. Defendants. CASE NO. 6:09-cv-269-LED Jury Trial Demanded BEDROCK'S RESPONSE IN OPPOSITION TO AOL'S EMERGENCY MOTION FOR LEAVE [DKT. NO. 505] Dallas 318878v1 Dockets.Justia.com I. INTRODUCTION After submitting both summary judgment and Daubert letter briefs on this issue, one of which this Court has already denied, AOL again asks the Court to rule as a matter of law that infringement of a system claim must be proven by evidence of actual use. Because AOL did not first submit a letter brief, has not presented any "new" argument, and relies upon an erroneous interpretation of the law, Bedrock respectfully requests that AOL's motion be denied. II. ARGUMENT A. AOL Should Have Moved for Leave to File a Letter Brief Rather Moving to Outright File a Summary Judgment Motion. Under this Court's Order regarding pretrial motions, any party seeking to file a motion for summary judgment must first submit a letter brief. Dkt. No. 339. AOL has not complied with the letter brief requirement and, without leave, filed its motion for summary judgment. AOL's motion should be denied at least for the reason that it has not complied with the Court's Order.1 B. AOL Presents No "New" Arguments. Despite the Court's admonition to AOL at the February 16th hearing that it must show "new" grounds for summary judgment in this Motion, AOL now presents for the fourth time its erroneous argument that infringement of a system claim must be proven by evidence of actual use. AOL insists that a departure from the established procedure is necessary because there are "just seven weeks until trial, and only five weeks until the pre-trial conference." Yet, AOL also argues that Bedrock cannot be prejudiced by the allowance of its motion because trial is "still two months away" and because there is still "sufficient time" to resolve this issue. AOL cannot have it both ways. Either there is enough time for the Court to properly dispose of this issue before trial, or the timing of AOL's motion is prejudicial to Bedrock. 1 Dallas 318878v1 1 January 12, 2011: AOL first raised its erroneous view of infringement of system claims, citing the ACCO2 and Typhoon3 cases, in a letter brief requesting leave to file a motion for summary judgment of non-infringement. See Dkt. No. 378 ("ACCO Brief 1"). The Court denied AOL's request in its February 1, 2011 Order. See Dkt. No. 450. The Court, however, permitted the Defendants to file a motion of non-infringement. See id. February 8, 2011: Despite the Court's denial of AOL's request to file a motion for summary judgment, the Defendants included this argument (again relying on the ACCO/Typhoon cases) in the Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment of NonInfringement. See Dkt. No. 463 at 26-27 ("ACCO Brief 2"). February 14, 2011: AOL recast its ACCO/Typhoon argument as a Daubert challenge against Bedrock's expert. See Dkt. No. 484 ("ACCO Brief 3"). February 16, 2011: During the status conference, after having already received Defendants' Daubert letter brief, the Court made clear that AOL must show "new" grounds for summary judgment in this Motion. February 22, 2011: AOL filed the Motion at hand, Dkt. No. 505, which asks the Court to accept its already-filed motion where AOL again briefs its erroneous ACCO/Typhoon argument, Dkt. No. 507 ("ACCO Brief 4"). AOL recites case law outlining a good cause standard for motions for leave. See Dkt. No. 505. Good cause is irrelevant. At the hearing in February, the Court repeatedly told AOL that it must assert "new" grounds for summary judgment in this motion. There is nothing new about AOL's argument. Quite the opposite, this is the fourth time it has briefed its misguided 2 3 Acco Brands, Inc. v. Micro Sec. Devices, Inc., 346 F.3d 1075 (Fed. Cir. 2003) Typhoon Touch Techs. v. Dell, Inc., Case 6:07-cv-00546, 2009 WL 2243126 (E.D. Tex. July 23, 2009) 2 Dallas 318878v1 ACCO/Typhoon argument. Further, because this is a purely legal issue, AOL cannot contend that the deposition testimony of Bedrock's expert justifies leave in any way.4 Even AOL admits that its argument is a "purely legal issue." See Dkt. No. 505, heading B at page 3 ("AOL'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT IS PURELY A LEGAL ISSUE"). Because AOL's motion is not new, AOL's motion for leave should be denied. C. Evidence of Use Is Not Required to Establish Infringement of a System Claim. Even if addressed on the merits, AOL's argument is premised on the faulty notion that a patentee must present evidence of use to establish infringement of a system claim. This is an incorrect interpretation of the controlling law. Rather, claims governed by 35 U.S.C. 112 6 are construed to "cover the corresponding structure, material, or acts described in the specification and equivalents thereof," and the Court has construed the means-plus-function claims in this case to cover the algorithms disclosed in the patent. See Dkt. No. 369. Thus, to prove infringement, Bedrock must prove that AOL's systems have the claimed structure and that this structure has the capability of functioning as described by the claim. See Mass Engineered Design, Inc. v. Ergotron, Inc., 633 F. Supp. 2d 361, 378 (E.D. Tex. 2009) (Davis, J.) ("All that is required is that the device have the claimed structure, and that this structure in the device have the capability of functioning as described by the claim."). III. CONCLUSION This Court should not be required to waste its limited resources analyzing this issue a fourth time. See Retractable Techs. v. New Med. Techs., No. 4:02-CV-34, 2004 U.S. Dist. 4 AOL contends that its motion "could not have been brought prior to Mr. Jones' admissions at his depositions." One of the four times that AOL briefed its ACCO/Typhoon argument, however, was prior to Dr. Jones's deposition. See Dkt. No. 378 (filed January 12, 2011, which was prior to Bedrock's expert's deposition in early February). 3 Dallas 318878v1 LEXIS 3855, at *28 (E.D. Tex. Jan. 8, 2004) (Davis, J.) (refusing to "indulge [Defendant's] request for duplicative analysis"). In light of the foregoing, Bedrock respectfully requests that the Court deny AOL's Emergency Motion for Leave to File Its Motion for Summary Judgement (Dkt. No. 505) and strike AOL's Motion for Summary Judgment of Noninfringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,893,120 for Lack of Performance (Dkt. No. 507). 4 Dallas 318878v1 DATED: March 1, 2011 Respectfully submitted, McKOOL SMITH, P.C. /s/ Douglas A. Cawley Sam F. Baxter Texas Bar No. 01938000 McKOOL SMITH, P.C. sbaxter@mckoolsmith.com 104 E. Houston Street, Suite 300 P.O. Box 0 Marshall, Texas 75670 Telephone: (903) 923-9000 Facsimile: (903) 923-9099 Douglas A. Cawley, Lead Attorney Texas Bar No. 04035500 dcawley@mckoolsmith.com Theodore Stevenson, III Texas Bar No. 19196650 tstevenson@mckoolsmith.com Scott W. Hejny Texas Bar No. 24038952 shejny@mckoolsmith.com Jason D. Cassady Texas Bar No. 24045625 jcassady@mckoolsmith.com J. Austin Curry Texas Bar No. 24059636 acurry@mckoolsmith.com Phillip M. Aurentz Texas Bar No. 24059404 paurentz@mckoolsmith.com Stacie Greskowiak Texas State Bar No. 24074311 sgreskowiak@mckoolsmith.com Ryan A. Hargrave Texas State Bar No. 24071516 rhargrave@mckoolsmith.com McKOOL SMITH, P.C. 300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500 Dallas, Texas 75201 Telephone: 214-978-4000 Facsimile: 214-978-4044 Dallas 318878v1 Robert M. Parker Texas Bar No. 15498000 Robert Christopher Bunt Texas Bar No. 00787165 PARKER, BUNT & AINSWORTH, P.C. 100 E. Ferguson, Suite 1114 Tyler, Texas 75702 Telephone: 903-531-3535 Facsimile: 903-533-9687 E-mail: rmparker@pbatyler.com E-mail: rcbunt@pbatyler.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC Dallas 318878v1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that all counsel of record who are deemed to have consented to electronic service are being served with a copy of the forgoing document via the Court's CM/ECF system pursuant to the Court's Local Rules this 1st day of March, 2011. /s/ Ryan A. Hargrave Ryan A. Hargrave Dallas 318878v1