Polaris IP, LLC v. Google Inc. et al

Filing 342

Unopposed MOTION for Leave to File Defendants' Unopposed Motion for Leave to Amend Their Invalidity Contentions by AOL, LLC., Google Inc., Yahoo!, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Doan, Jennifer)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS MARSHALL DIVISION BRIGHT RESPONSE, LLC F/K/A POLARIS IP, LLC, Plaintiff, v. GOOGLE INC., ET AL., Defendants. No. 2:07-cv-00371-CE Jury Demanded DEFENDANTS' UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND THEIR INVALIDITY CONTENTIONS Defendants Yahoo! Inc., Google Inc., and AOL, LLC (collectively "Defendants"), respectfully request leave of the Court to supplement their Invalidity Contentions under P.R. 36(b) of the Rules of Practice for Patent Cases before the Eastern District of Texas. Plaintiff is not opposed to this request. Good cause for this Motion exists because Plaintiff amended its infringement contentions against the parties to assert additional claims, and Defendant's continued diligent research has led to the discovery of new prior art references and corresponding invalidity arguments. I. APPLICABLE LAW FAVORS AMENDMENT Defendants move this Court to amend their Invalidity Contentions pursuant to P.R. 36(b), which provides: "Amendment or supplementation of any Infringement Contentions or Invalidity Contentions, other than as expressly permitted in P.R. 3-6(a), may be made only by order of the Court, which shall be entered only upon a showing of good cause." To determine good cause, courts consider the following non-exclusive factors: DEFENDANTS' UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND INVALIDITY CONTENTIONS Page 1 i. The length of the delay and its potential impact on judicial proceedings; ii. The reason for the delay, including whether it was within the reasonable control of the movant; iii. Whether the offending party was diligent in seeking an extension of time, or in supplementing discovery, after an alleged need to disclose the new matter became apparent; iv. The importance of the particular matter, and if vital to the case, whether a lesser sanction would adequately address the other factors to be considered and also deter future violations of the court's scheduling orders, local rules, and the federal rules of civil procedure; and v. The danger of unfair prejudice to the non-movant. Computer Acceleration Corp. v. Microsoft Corp., 481 F. Supp. 2d 620, 625 (E.D. Tex. 2007). The Court should grant Defendants' Motion for Leave to Amend Their Invalidity Contentions as good cause exists. A. Delay Will Not Occur if Leave to Amend is Granted Granting this Motion will not delay or impact the Court's schedule. Permitting the Defendants to amend will not adversely impact the scheduled proceedings or dates in the Court's Docket Control Order.1 The close of discovery is over a month away, expert discovery has not began, and the close of expert discovery is nearly two months away. Furthermore, trial is not scheduled for over two month. Because Plaintiff will have adequate time to address Defendants' additional arguments, within the timeframe allowed for discovery and well before trial, Defendants' amendment will not disrupt the Court's schedule. B. The Time Lapse is Due to Plaintiff's Recently Asserted Claims and Amended Infringement Contentions Due to these Plaintiff only recently asserted certain claims against all Defendants. amended claims and infringement contentions, Defendants began a more rigorous investigation 1 The parties have recently submitted a proposed amended docket control order to the Court, and permitting the amended invalidity contentions will not adversely impact such proposed schedule. DEFENDANTS' UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND INVALIDITY CONTENTIONS Page 2 into prior art related to those previously unasserted claims. During Defendants' continued diligent research, they discovered art pertinent to the asserted invalidity arguments. Thus, Defendants' supplemental invalidity contentions provide additional contentions and charts, included to address the new claims which were asserted against Defendants in Plaintiff's Amended Infringement Contentions and included based on newly discovered prior art. C. Defendants Were Diligent in Seeking Amendment and Granting Leave to Amend Defendants have been diligent in seeking leave to amend their Invalidity Contentions. Specifically, Defendants contacted Plaintiff as early as the first part of March 2010 to meet-andconfer pursuant to Local Rule CV-7(h). At that time, Plaintiff asked for further clarification of the Defendants' basis to update their Invalidity Contentions. Defendants provided all prior art references, charts, and the Amended Invalidity Contentions to Plaintiff prior to filing this motion. D. Amendment is Vital to Defendants' Invalidity Defense The arguments and prior art that Defendants seek to add to their Invalidity Contentions are important to establishing the invalidity of the asserted patent. For example, some of this same prior art forms the basis of a reexam request, which is still pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Further, other prior art references describe products and services that were developed and used publically before the critical date by the same company of some of the inventors-in-suit. Therefore, these references and arguments are critical to establishing the invalidity of the asserted patent. E. There Is No Danger of Prejudice to Plaintiff If the Court Grants the Requested Leave To Amend Finally, Plaintiff will not suffer unfair prejudice as a result of the Defendants' amendment because discovery is still ongoing, the Court has not rendered a claim construction ruling, expert discovery has yet to began, expert reports have not been severed, and expert discovery will not DEFENDANTS' UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND INVALIDITY CONTENTIONS Page 3 close for nearly two months. Further, the supplemental contentions and charts have already been provided to plaintiff Bright Response, LLC, and Bright Response does not oppose this supplementation. II. CONCLUSION For all the foregoing reasons, Defendants respectfully request that this Unopposed Motion for Leave to Amend Their Invalidity Contentions pursuant to P.R. 3-6(b) be granted. DEFENDANTS' UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND INVALIDITY CONTENTIONS Page 4 Dated: May 28, 2010 /s/ Jennifer Doan Jennifer Doan Joshua Reed Thane HALTOM & DOAN Crown Executive Center, Suite 100 6500 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, Texas 75503 Tel: 903.255.1002 Fax: 903.255.0800 Email: jdoan@haltomdoan.com Email: jthane@haltomdoan.com Jason C. White Mansi Shah Scott Sherwin HOWREY LLP 321 N. Clark, Suite 3400 Chicago, IL 60654 Tel: 312.595.1239 Fax: 312.595.2250 Email: whitej@howrey.com Email: shahm@howrey.com Email: sherwins@howrey.com William C. Rooklidge HOWREY, LLP 4 Park Plaza, Suite 1700 Irvine CA 92614-2559 Telephone: (949) 721-6900 rooklidgew@howrey.com Attorneys for Defendant Yahoo! Inc. Respectfully Submitted, /s/ David Pearlson (w/ permission) Jennifer Parker Ainsworth Texas State Bar No. 00784720 jainsworth@wilsonlawfirm.com WILSON, ROBERTSON & CORNELIUS, P.C. P.O. Box 7339 Tyler, Texas 75711 Telephone: (903) 509-5000 Facsimile: (903) 509-5092 Charles K. Verhoeven, pro hac vice charlesverhoeven@quinnemanuel.com David A. Perlson, pro hac vice davidperlson@quinnemanuel.com Antonio Sistos, pro hac vice antoniosistos@quinnemanuel.com Eugene Novikov, pro hac vice eugenenovikov@quinnemanuel.com QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART OLIVER & HEDGES, LLP 50 California Street, 22nd Floor San Francisco, California 94111 Telephone: (415) 875-6600 Facsimile: (415) 875-6700 Andrea P. Roberts, pro hac vice andreaproberts@quinnemanuel.com Brian C. Cannon, pro hac vice briancannon@quinnemanuel.com QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART OLIVER & HEDGES 555 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 560 Redwood Shores, CA 94065 Telephone: 650-801-5000 Facsimile: 650-801-5100 Attorneys for Defendant Google Inc. and AOL DEFENDANTS' UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND INVALIDITY CONTENTIONS Page 5 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was filed electronically in compliance with Local Rule CV-5(a). All other counsel of record not deemed to have consented to electronic service were served with a true and correct copy of the foregoing by certified mail, return receipt requested, on May 28, 2010. /s/ Jennifer H. Doan Jennifer H. Doan CERTIFICATE OF CONFERENCE Defendants' counsel conferred with Bright Response LLC's counsel, Andrew Spangler, in good faith, on May 26, 2010, and Bright Response LLC does not oppose this motion. /s/ Jennifer Doan Jennifer Doan DEFENDANTS' UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND INVALIDITY CONTENTIONS Page 6

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