Word to Info, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation

Filing 33

ORDER STAYING CASE; JSR due 2/9/18 by Judge Ricardo S Martinez. (RS)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 6 7 8 WORD TO INFO, INC., 9 Plaintiff, 10 v. 11 Case No. C17-0596RSM ORDER STAYING CASE MICROSOFT CORPORATION, 12 Defendant. 13 14 On July 12, 2017, the parties filed their Joint Status Report (“JSR”) in this matter. Dkt. 15 #29. In that JSR, the parties alerted the Court that this patent infringement case involves seven 16 patents-in-suit that relate to natural language processing, which patents-in-suit are also the 17 subject of litigation with other defendants in several other Districts. Id. One such litigation is 18 19 currently on appeal in the Federal Circuit (the Facebook appeal). That appeal involves the 20 construction of two patent claims that will also need to be construed in the litigation in this Court. 21 Id. 22 23 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 24 25 reviewed the JSR, the Court now hereby finds and ORDERS: 26 1. The Clerk shall enter a STAY in this matter pending the outcome of Word to Info, 27 Inc. v. Facebook, Inc., Case No. 2017-1431 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 16, 2016) (the Facebook 28 appeal). The Court agrees with Defendant that this stay, which is expected to be short ORDER PAGE - 1 in duration, will result in more efficient litigation in this Court, and will not prejudice 1 Plaintiff at this time. 2 3 2. The parties shall promptly notify the Court when the Facebook appeal has concluded 4 through the filing of a Joint Status Report setting forth new proposals based on the 5 results of that litigation. 6 7 3. If the Facebook appeal has not been resolved as of February 9, 2018, the parties shall 8 submit a Joint Status Report at that time indicating the status of the appeal and their 9 positions on whether a stay should continue. 10 DATED this 9 day of August, 2017. 11 12 A 13 RICARDO S. MARTINEZ CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ORDER PAGE - 2

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