Hovsepian v. Apple, Inc.

Filing 304

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Hovsepian v. Apple, Inc. Doc. 304 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 [COUNSEL LISTED ON SIGNATURE PAGE] UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION In re ACACIA MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION Case No. C-05-01114 JW DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING DATE (CIVIL L.R. 7-11) Judge: Honorable James Ware 426186.01 DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING DATE CASE NO. C-05-01114 JW Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 I. INTRODUCTION Defendants1 move to continue the hearing on Acacia's motion for summary judgment of invalidity--that is, Acacia's motion for summary judgment against itself--and to reschedule that hearing to coincide with the hearing on defendants' pending motions for summary judgment of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. 112. Acacia has brought its motion for a single, improper purpose: to try to strip this Court of jurisdiction to decide defendants' pending motions. By doing so, Acacia is defying this Court's ruling expressly allowing defendants to bring their motions. II. FACTUAL BACKGROUND Since at least April, Acacia has been trying to package this case for appeal on a limited set of issues that Acacia has hand-selected. Initially, after the Court issued its Sixth Claim Construction Order [Doc. No. 266], Acacia agreed with the defendants that, "in the interest of judicial economy," the Court should next decide any 112 issues that defendants raised on summary judgment. [Doc No. 267 at 2:12-17; see also Doc. No. 274-2 at pp.12-13 ("[T]he Defendants then said . . . let's get as many issues up that we can get up . . . that bear on not only indefiniteness but enablement issues, [and] written description issues. . . . Now, we're amenable to that and that's included in this proposal.") (emphasis added).] After the defendants gave Acacia a list of their proposed 112 motions, however, Acacia reversed course. Acacia then asserted, for the first time, that because it was willing to stipulate to invalidity on certain narrow grounds, the Court should not rule on defendants' other 112 arguments. [Doc. No. 274-5.] Specifically, Acacia asked the defendants to stipulate to a judgment of invalidity on certain limited grounds strategically selected by Acacia. Id. If The following defendants join in this motion: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC; Insight Communications, Inc.; The DirecTV Group, Inc.; Echostar Satellite LLC; Echostar Technolgies Corp.; Coxcom, Inc.; Hospitality Network, Inc.; Cable America Corp.; Charter Communications, Inc.; Wide Open West Ohio LLC; Armstrong Group; Massilon Cable TV, Inc.; East Cleveland Cable TV and Communications LLC; Mid-Continent Media, Inc.; Cannon Valley Communications, Inc.; US Cable Holdings, LP; Arvig Communications Systems; Sjoberg's Cablevision, Inc.; Cablevision, Inc.; Loretel Cablevision, Inc.; NPG Cable, Inc.; Block Communications, Inc.; Savage Communications, Inc.; Mediacom Communications Corp.; Cequel III Communications I, LLC (d/b/a Cebridge Connections); Cable One, Inc.; Bresnan Communications; Time Warner Cable, Inc.; and CSC Holdings, Inc. 1 DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING DATE CASE NO. C-05-01114 JW 1 426186.01 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 defendants refused, Acacia said, "then Acacia intends to bring a motion for summary judgment . . . asking the Court to adjudicate that all of the asserted claims are invalid as being indefinite, based on Acacia's stipulation." [Id. at p.2.] Further, Acacia said that it would "urge the Court not to consider any other motion proposed by defendants," and argued that the Court would lack jurisdiction to decide any such motion, because "[w]ith the stipulations provided by Acacia, there will no longer be a case or controversy." [Id.] Unable to agree, the parties presented their respective positions to the Court at the May 9 case management conference--where the Court rejected Acacia's position, and ruled that defendants should bring their motions for summary judgment under 112. In the parties' Joint Statement submitted in advance of the conference, Acacia laid out in more than 16 pages its position that the Court should enter summary judgment now on only the narrow grounds that Acacia had strategically selected, and should "not permit Defendants to file any Section 112 summary judgment motions on alternative invalidity grounds[.]" [See Doc. No. 274 at 1, 9.] Defendants, for their part, objected that Acacia's proposal would be inefficient and would waste judicial resources. [See id. at 24-26.] After years of effort by the Court and the parties, this case is now ripe for disposition on multiple grounds. Yet under Acacia's proposal, only a small subset of those issues--hand-selected by Acacia--would be presented to the Federal Circuit. And if Acacia managed to prevail, the parties would then be back before this Court litigating issues that are ready to be decided today, and that are already presented in defendants' pending motions. Defendants also explained in the Joint Statement that Acacia's argument that its stipulation negates a case or controversy was wrong as a matter of law.2 [See id. at 20-24.] After considering the parties' extensive briefing, and after a full hearing, the Court adopted defendants' proposal and rejected Acacia's. Specifically, the Court ruled that it would As defendants explained, even if the Court were to grant Acacia's motion now, it would still retain jurisdiction to decide defendants' 112 motions. However, Acacia has made clear that it will argue that a ruling on its motion now would strip this Court of further jurisdiction. [See Doc. No. 274 at 9-14.] Presumably, Acacia would file a notice of appeal immediately after such a ruling, then contest further jurisdiction in this Court. To avoid this result, the Court should continue the hearing on Acacia's motion, and rule on it at the same time that it rules on defendants' pending motions. 2 DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING DATE CASE NO. C-05-01114 JW 2 426186.01 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 hear and decide all of defendants' proposed 112 motions. Following the conference, the parties submitted an agreed briefing schedule for those motions. [Doc. No. 280.] Pursuant to that schedule, defendants filed their motions on July 11, 2008. [See Doc. Nos. 291-303.] Acacia's opposition is due on October 24, defendants' reply is due January 9, and the Court will thereafter set a hearing date. [Doc. No. 280.] Acacia, however, has chosen to defy the Court's ruling. Without prior notice to the defendants or approval from the Court, on June 17, Acacia filed a motion for summary judgment against itself on the grounds that it previously proposed in its stipulation. [Doc. No. 287.] The proposed order that it submitted with its motion asks the Court to enter "judgment" in favor of defendants on only the grounds selected by Acacia--excluding all the other 112 issues that defendants raised in their pending motions. [Doc. No. 289.] Acacia noticed its motion for hearing on July 7, but the Court sua sponte continued the hearing date to October 20. [Doc. No. 290.] After Acacia filed its motion, defendants asked it to stipulate to continue the hearing date to coincide with the hearing on defendants' pending 112 motions. See Declaration of David J. Silbert ("Silbert Decl.") 2. Defendants explained that it appeared that Acacia's purpose was to prevent the Court from deciding defendants' pending 112 motions--the motions that the Court had specifically ordered that defendants should bring. See id. at Ex. 1 (Sept. 15 letter from Benyacar to Block). Acacia did not deny that this was its purpose. Instead, it refused to stipulate to continue the hearing date, and urged the defendants to stipulate now to the entry of "judgment" on only the grounds selected by Acacia. See id. at Ex. 2 (Sept. 12 email from Block to defense counsel). III. ARGUMENT Civil L.R. 7-11 authorizes parties to move for administrative relief including continuing hearing dates. Under Civil L.R. 7-11, the Court should continue the hearing on Acacia's summary-judgment motion to coincide with the hearing on defendants' pending 112 motions, once the Court sets that hearing. Acacia's tactic is obvious. After urging the Court not to decide defendants' 112 3 DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING DATE CASE NO. C-05-01114 JW 426186.01 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 motions, and failing, Acacia has decided to take matters into its own hands. It hopes to obtain a "judgment" on only the limited grounds that it has strategically selected, and then argue that the Court lacks jurisdiction to do more. The Court should put a stop to this ploy now. Acacia will suffer no prejudice if the hearing date on its motion is continued to coincide with defendants' 112 motions, since no judgment can or should be entered before defendants' pending motions are decided. The only "prejudice" that Acacia could claim is that it will be forced to abide by the Court's ruling, and defendants' pending motions will be decided--exactly what Acacia's motion aims to prevent. Acacia's motion is an improper attempt to create a basis for Acacia to contest this Court's continuing jurisdiction. The Court should forestall this tactic by continuing the hearing date. IV. CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, pursuant to Civil L.R. 7-11, the Court should continue the hearing on Acacia's motion for summary judgment. Respectfully submitted, Dated: September 23, 2008 DARALYN J. DURIE (CA SBN 169825) DAVID J. SILBERT (CA SBN 173128) KEKER & VAN NEST, LLP 710 Sansome Street San Francisco, CA 94111-1704 /s/ David J. Silbert David J. Silbert Attorneys for Defendants COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC, and INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS, INC. By Dated: September 23, 2008 VICTOR G. SAVIKAS (CA SBN 145658) KEVIN G. McBRIDE (CA SBN 195866) LOUIS TOUTON (CA SBN 102380) MARSHA E. MULLIN (CA SBN 93709) 4 426186.01 DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING DATE CASE NO. C-05-01114 JW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dated: September 23, 2008 Dated: September 23, 2008 Dated: September 23, 2008 JAMES E. GLORE (CA SBN 215933) JONES DAY 555 South Flower Street, Fiftieth Floor Los Angeles, California 90071 /s/ Kevin McBride Kevin McBride Attorneys for Defendant THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC. HAROLD J. McELHINNY (CA SBN 66781) RACHEL KREVANS (CA SBN 116421) MATTHEW I. KREEGER (CA SBN 153793) JASON A. CROTTY (CA SBN 196036) DAVID M. HYMAS (CA SBN 226202) MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP 425 Market Street San Francisco, California 94105-2482 /s/ Matthew I. Kreeger Matthew I. Kreeger Attorneys for Defendants ECHOSTAR SATELLITE LLC and ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION ANNAMARIE A. DALEY (pro hac vice) ROBINS, KAPLAN, MILLER & CIRESI LLP 2800 LaSalle Plaza, 800 LaSalle Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402 RICHARD R. PATCH (CA SBN 88049) J. TIMOTHY NARDELL (CA SBN 184444) COBLENTZ, PATCH, DUFFY & BASS, LLP One Ferry Building, Suite 200 San Francisco, California 94111-4213 Annamarie A. Daley Annamarie A. Daley Attorneys for Defendants COXCOM, INC., HOSPITALITY NETWORK, INC., and CABLE AMERICA CORPORATION BRADFORD LYERLA (pro hac vice) KEVIN HOGG (pro hac vice) JEFFREY DEAN (pro hac vice) MARSHALL, GERSTEIN & BORUN LLP 5 By By By 426186.01 DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING DATE CASE NO. C-05-01114 JW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DATED: September 23, 2008 6300 Sears Tower 233 South Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60606-6357 MORGAN W. TOVEY (CA SBN 136242) WILLIAM R. OVEREND (CA SBN 180209) REED SMITH LLP Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 2000 San Francisco, CA 94111 /s/ Jeffrey Dean Jeffrey Dean Attorneys for Defendants CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC., WIDE OPEN WEST OHIO LLC, ARMSTRONG GROUP, MASSILON CABLE TV, INC., EAST CLEVELAND CABLE TV AND COMMUNICATIONS LLC, MIDCONTINENT MEDIA, INC., CANNON VALLEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC., US CABLE HOLDINGS, LP, ARVIG COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, SJOBERG'S CABLEVISION, INC., LORETEL CABLEVISION, INC., NPG CABLE, INC., BLOCK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.; SAVAGE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. MITCHELL D. LUKIN BAKER BOTTS LLP One Shell Plaza 910 Louisiana Houston, Texas 77022 JEFFREY D. SULLIVAN BAKER BOTTS LLP 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York 10112 STEPHEN E. TAYLOR TAYLOR & CO. LAW OFFICES, INC. One Ferry Building, Suite 355 San Francisco, California 94111 By /s/ Mitchell D. Lukin Mitchell D. Lukin Attorneys for Defendants MEDIACOM COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION, and CEQUEL III COMMUNICATIONS I, LLC (d/b/a CEBRIDGE CONNECTIONS) 6 By 426186.01 DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING DATE CASE NO. C-05-01114 JW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DATED: September 23, 2008 MITCHELL D. LUKIN BAKER BOTTS LLP One Shell Plaza 910 Louisiana Houston, Texas 77022 JEFFREY D. SULLIVAN BAKER BOTTS LLP 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York 10112 /s/ Mitchell D. Lukin Mitchell D. Lukin Attorneys for Defendants CABLE ONE, INC., and BRESNAN COMMUNICATIONS By DATED: September 23, 2008 DAVID S. BENYACAR DANIEL REISNER KAYE SCHOLER, LLP 425 Park Avenue New York, N.Y. 10022-3598 By /s/ David S. Benyacar David S. Benyacar Attorneys for Defendant TIME WARNER CABLE, INC. DATED: September 23, 2008 BENJAMIN HERSHKOWITZ GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER 200 Park Avenue New York, N.Y. 10166-0193 By /s/ Benjamin Herskowitz Benjamin Hershkowitz Attorneys for Defendant CSC HOLDINGS, INC. 7 426186.01 DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING DATE CASE NO. C-05-01114 JW

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