Word to Info, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation
ORDER STAYING CASE; JSR due 2/9/18 by Judge Ricardo S Martinez. (RS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
WORD TO INFO, INC.,
Case No. C17-0596RSM
ORDER STAYING CASE
On July 12, 2017, the parties filed their Joint Status Report (“JSR”) in this matter. Dkt.
#29. In that JSR, the parties alerted the Court that this patent infringement case involves seven
patents-in-suit that relate to natural language processing, which patents-in-suit are also the
subject of litigation with other defendants in several other Districts. Id. One such litigation is
currently on appeal in the Federal Circuit (the Facebook appeal). That appeal involves the
construction of two patent claims that will also need to be construed in the litigation in this Court.
On August 9, 2017, the Court held a telephonic status conference to address the
scheduling of a trial date in this matter. Having listened to the parties’ arguments, and having
reviewed the JSR, the Court now hereby finds and ORDERS:
1. The Clerk shall enter a STAY in this matter pending the outcome of Word to Info,
Inc. v. Facebook, Inc., Case No. 2017-1431 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 16, 2016) (the Facebook
appeal). The Court agrees with Defendant that this stay, which is expected to be short
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in duration, will result in more efficient litigation in this Court, and will not prejudice
Plaintiff at this time.
2. The parties shall promptly notify the Court when the Facebook appeal has concluded
through the filing of a Joint Status Report setting forth new proposals based on the
results of that litigation.
3. If the Facebook appeal has not been resolved as of February 9, 2018, the parties shall
submit a Joint Status Report at that time indicating the status of the appeal and their
positions on whether a stay should continue.
DATED this 9 day of August, 2017.
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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