Sig Sauer Inc. et al v. Freed Designs, Inc.

Filing 104

///ORDER denying 83 Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. So Ordered by Judge Steven J. McAuliffe.(lat)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE Sig Sauer, Inc.; Check-Mate Industries, Inc.; Check-Mate International Products, Inc.; Nordon, Inc.; and Thomas Pierce d/b/a Pierce Designs, Plaintiffs v. Case No. 14-cv-461-SM Opinion No. 2017 DNH 189 Freed Designs, Inc., Defendant O R D E R Patentee’s motion for partial summary judgment dismissing the affirmative defense of anticipation with respect to Claims 1 and 4 of the patent in suit (document no. 83), is denied. Invalidity due to anticipation is a question of fact. IPXL Holdings LLC v., Inc., 430 F.3d 1377, 1380 (Fed. Cir. 2005). Although a question of fact, anticipation may still be resolved on summary judgment if the record reveals no genuine dispute of material fact, and if no reasonable jury could find that the patent is anticipated. Telemac Cellular Corp. v. Topp Telecom, Inc., 247 F.3d 1316, 1327 (Fed. Cir. 2001). 1    Here, the alleged infringer has proffered sufficient evidence in the nature of relevant prior art and expert opinion testimony, that, if believed by a jury, would permit a finding by clear and convincing evidence that the claims at issue are invalid. At the very least, the alleged infringer has plainly identified material facts that are genuinely disputed, thereby rendering summary judgment with respect to the anticipation defense unavailable. “A [prior] reference may anticipate inherently if a claim limitation that is not expressly disclosed is necessarily present, or inherent, in the single anticipating reference. In re Hugh Edward Montgomery, et al., 677 F.3d 1375, 1379 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (internal citations and quotation omitted). Mr. Wood, plaintiff’s expert, an apparent person of ordinary skill in the relevant art, has opined that a number of prior references anticipate the claims at issue, and it cannot be said on this record that there are no material facts genuinely disputed or that the patentee is entitled to relief as a matter of law with respect to the anticipation defense. Conclusion The motion for partial summary judgment (document no. 83) is necessarily denied. 2    SO ORDERED. ____________________________ Steven J. McAuliffe United States District Judge September 14, 2017 cc: Laura L. Carroll, Esq. Zachary R. Gates, Esq. Neal E. Friedman, Esq. Michael J. Bujold, Esq.  3   

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