Function Media, L.L.C. v. Google, Inc. et al
RESPONSE to Motion re 192 MOTION Motion to Limit the Number of Asserted Claims filed by Function Media, L.L.C.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex. A, # 2 Exhibit Ex. B, # 3 Exhibit Ex. C, # 4 Exhibit Ex. D, # 5 Exhibit Ex. E)(Grinstein, Joseph)
Function Media, L.L.C. v. Google, Inc. et al
Doc. 224 Att. 4
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION ACCOLADE SYSTEMS LLC
CASE NO. 6:07 CV 48 PATENT CASE
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Before the Court is Accolade Systems LLC's ("Accolade") motion to restrict the number of claims and prior art references permitted at trial and to establish a deadline for compliance with this proposed restriction (Docket No. 125). After considering the parties' briefs, the Court DENIES
Accolade brought this action for patent infringement against Citrix Systems, Inc. ("Citrix"), Webex Communications, Inc., and Laplink Software, lnc. Citrix is the remaining defendant in this
case. See Orders of Dismissal with Prejudice, Docket Nos. 49, 171. The Court held a Marlšnan
hearing and issued a preliminary claim construction order. Docket Nos. 115, 116. Accolade then
filed the present motion to restrict the number of claims and prior art references permitted
to establish a deadline for compliance with this proposed restriction. Citrix filed a response. At the
time of the motion and response, the Court had not issued aftnal claim construction order and the
parties had not completed expert discovery or filed aproposed pre-trial order, motions for summary
judgment, Daubert motions, and motions in limine. Trial is set for June 15, 2009. Docket No. 40.
Accolade argues that the Court should restrict the number of claims and references to avoid wasting the parties' resources. Accolade contends that the Court's preliminary claim construction
order provides sufficient information for the parties to select the claims and references they
attrial. Accolade points to the asserted fourteen claims and twenty-six references
trial time to suggest that the parties will not have time to use all asserted claims and references at
Accolade suggests that continuing the case without limiting the number of claims and
references would cause the parties to waste resources addressing claims or references in pretrial
discovery and motion practice that will not be asserted at tnal. In light of this, Accolade requests
restriction on the number of claims and references. Citrix counters that the Court should not restrict the number of claims and references because
such a restriction would cause unnecessary prejudice. Citrix states that
has not received
information that it needs to limit its references-expert discovery, the claims and evidence Accolade
will present attnal,which products will
be the subject of
hial, and the Court's rulings on final claim
constructions, summaryjudgment motions, Daubert motions, and motions in limine. Citrix Br. 4.
Also, Citrix argues that
restriction is not necessary because the natural progression of the case and
the time limit on presenting at trial
cause the parties to self-limit the number
of claims and
references. Thus, Citrix opposes a restriction on the number of claims and references.
While the Court always encourages parties to focus their cases to the most relevant claims
and references, the Court does not usually impose a
limit on the number of claims and references
because parties naturally withdraw claims and references that are not viable for use at
has not presented any circumstances that make this case an anomaly. Restricting the claims and references
in this case Ýs not necessary because the number of claims and references are alreadv
reasonable. Accolade asserted fourteen claims- and Citrix asserted twentv-six references. This is
not an inordinate number of claims and references. While there may be a situation where it
necessary to restrict the number of claims or references, Accolade has not shown that proceeding
with this number of claims and references would so undulyburdensome as to outweigh the parties'
prejudice if the Court were to order the restriction. Here, a restriction on the number of claims and
references would carry little benefit in saving the parties' resources.
Given the relatively low number of claims and references at issue. Accolade has not shown
a restriction is warranted. A restriction would have provided minimal benefit and be unduly prejudicial. Accordingly, the Court DENIES Accolade's motion.
So ORDERED and SIGNED this
day of May,2009.
LEONARD DAVIS UNITED STATES DISTRICT JTTDGE
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