BERRY PLASTICS CORPORATION v. INTERTAPE POLYMER CORPORATION
ORDER Directing Issuance of Final Judgment. Signed by Judge Richard L. Young on 9/30/2016. (TMD)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
BERRY PLASTICS CORPORATION,
ORDER DIRECTING ISSUANCE OF FINAL JUDGMENT
Plaintiff and Counter Defendant, Berry Plastics Corporation, filed a Complaint for
Declaratory Judgment against the Defendant and Counter Plaintiff, Intertape Polymer
Corporation, seeking a declaration that Intertape’s United States Patent No. 7,476,416 is
invalid and unenforceable. Intertape filed a Counterclaim, since amended, charging
Berry with infringing the ‘416 Patent. Berry’s claims of invalidity and Intertape’s claim
of infringement were tried to a jury from November 3 to November 17, 2014. The jury
found that Berry did not prove by clear and convincing evidence that Claims 1, 6, 7, 8,
10, 11, 12, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 31, 32, 33, and 34 of the ‘416 Patent were invalid as
anticipated under 35 U.S.C. § 102; were invalid as obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103; were
invalid because the ‘416 Patent failed to name the proper inventors under 35 U.S.C. §
256; were invalid because the claims were derived from others under 35 U.S.C. § 102(f);
or were invalid because Intertape did not first conceive of the invention. In addition, the
jury found that Intertape failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that Berry
infringed Claims 1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 31, 32, 33, and 34 of the
Following the jury trial, the parties filed a number of post-trial motions, including
Berry’s Renewed Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law that U.S. Patent No.
7,476,416 is Invalid as Obvious. On September 30, 2015, the court granted that motion.
Intertape thereafter filed a Motion for Reconsideration and, on June 3, 2016, the court
granted the motion with respect to the unasserted dependent claims. Therefore, the court
found, as a matter of law, that independent claims 1 and 21, and dependent claims 6, 7, 8,
10, 11, 12, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 31, 33, and 34 are invalid as obvious. The court denied the
following post-trial motions as moot:
Defendant’s Motion for New Trial (Filing No. 447);
Plaintiff’s Renewed Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law that the ‘416 Patent
Is Invalid Based on Derivation and Improper Inventorship (Filing No. 383);
Plaintiff’s Motion for Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment Under
Rules 52(a) and 58 that All Claims of the ‘416 Patent Are Invalid as Indefinite
(Filing No. 387); and
Defendant’s Motion for Leave to Re-File Defendant’s Motion for Summary
Judgment on Plaintiff’s Affirmative Defense of Inequitable Conduct
(Filing No. 465).
Lastly, the court held a bench trial on Berry’s inequitable conduct claim on
December 7-8, 2015. The court issued its Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law on
August 25, 2016, ruling that Berry failed to prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that
the ‘416 patent is unenforceable due to inequitable conduct.
Judgment reflecting the same shall now issue in a separate document.
SO ORDERED this 30th day of September 2016.
RICHARD L. YOUNG, CHIEF JUDGE
United States District Court
Southern District of Indiana
Distributed Electronically to Registered Counsel of Record.
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