Judge Andrews denies renewed JMOL and alternative motion for a new trial

In a recent Memorandum Opinion, Judge Richard G. Andrews denied defendants’ (“ZTE”) renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law of non-infringement as to U.S. Patent Nos. 7,190,966 (“the ’966 patent”) and 7,286,847 (“the ’847 patent”). InterDigital Communications, Inc. v ZTE Corp., C.A. No. 13-009-RGA (D. Del. Mar. 18, 2016). Judge Andrews found that the testimony of plaintiffs’ (“InterDigital”) infringement expert provided substantial evidence to support the jury’s findings. Id. at 6-9. Notably, as to one contested limitation, Judge Andrews explained that while ZTE “does not have the burden of proving non-infringement, . . . it seems . . . that ZTE should have challenged [InterDigital’s expert’s] testimony if ZTE believed it lacked support.”

Judge Andrews also denied ZTE’s motion for a new trial as to the ’847 and ’966 patents, rejecting ZTE’s argument that the validity and infringement verdicts were inconsistent. Id. at 9-10. Judge Andrews also found that while InterDigital “probably exceeded the scope” of Judge Andrews’ ruling on the permissible use of certain licensing evidence, those licensing references “were [not] sufficiently prejudicial to warrant a new trial.” Id. at 10. Similarly, Judge Andrews found that InterDigital’s use of “an impeachment ‘scoreboard’ in closing argument” did not warrant a new trial. Id. at 11. As Judge Andrews explained, “[t]he jury was instructed that it was the sole judge of credibility and that arguments made by attorneys were not evidence,” and that the “jury was entitled to determine for itself whether the alleged impeachments showed inconsistent testimony.” Id.

Judge Andrews also noted that the PTAB has invalidated all claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,380,244 (“the ’244 patent”), another patent-in-suit. InterDigital has appealed that determination to the Federal Circuit where it is now pending. Id. at 2. Judge Andrews thus concluded that “[i]n view of the doubt as to [the] validity of this patent, . . . it makes sense to postpone resolution of the JMOL until the Federal Circuit rules.” Id. at 9.


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