Category Archives: Judge Lynn (Chief Judge)

Chief Judge Lynn Refuses To Maintain Stay of Patent Case Pending Supreme Court’s Oil States Decision

On November 13, 2017, Chief Judge Lynn entered an Order (available here) in Leak Surveys v. Flir Systems. In 2013, Leak filed suit asserting infringement of one patent. Thereafter, the PTAB instituted an IPR as to the patent, and the … Continue reading

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Chief Judge Lynn Denies Transfer Motion in Blackberry v. Avaya

On October 10, 2017, Chief Judge Lynn entered an Order (available here) in Blackberry v. Avaya. After concluding that Avaya fell short of meeting its burden to show that the proposed transferee venue was clearly more convenient than the Northern … Continue reading

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N.D. Tex. Jury: Nintendo Must Pay $10.1 Million For Infringing ILife’s Patent

On August 31, 2017, a jury in Chief Judge Lynn’s court found that Nintendo infringed a patent held by iLife Technologies through the sale of Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U video game systems and software, and that Nintendo failed to … Continue reading

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Stuck in Dodge? Can You Challenge Venue In Patent Cases Under TC Heartland If You Previously Failed to Contest Venue?

As I previously noted, the Supreme Court’s recent TC Heartland decision dramatically curtailed where patent holders can sue defendants for infringement. Prior to TC Heartland, under the Federal Circuit’s decisions (dating back to 1990 in VE Holding), patent owners could … Continue reading

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Chief Judge Lynn Transfers Patent Case To Michigan

On May 21, 2017, Chief Judge Lynn entered an Order (available here) in Camatic v. Irwin transferring the case from Dallas to Michigan. In Camatic, two Camatic entities accuse Irwin of infringing one of Camatic’s patents (note: my firm represents … Continue reading

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Judiciary Appreciation Luncheon / CLE To Be Held On June 16, 2017

The Federal Bar Association and the Judicial Committee of the Dallas Bar Association are hosting the annual Judicial Appreciation Luncheon on June 16, 2017 at the Belo Mansion. Chief Judge Lynn will facilitate a panel discussion amongst other district, bankruptcy, … Continue reading

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Chief Judge Lynn Orders Patent Plaintiff to Pay $440,000 in Defendants’ Attorney Fees

On December 13, 2016, Chief Judge Lynn entered an Order (available here) in Rainere v. Microsoft & AT&T. The Court had previously decided the case in defendants’ favor, and found that the case was exceptional, justifying an award of attorney’s … Continue reading

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Johnson Investiture, Wichita Falls Docket Update

Johnson Investiture. The Honorable Kimberly C. Priest Johnson was sworn in today as a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Texas. The ceremony was well attended by area judges and luminaries, including Chief Judge Ron Clark (E.D. Tex.) and Chief … Continue reading

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Chief Judge Lynn Awards Attorney’s Fees to Microsoft and AT&T in Case Where Plaintiff Did Not Own Asserted Patents

On September 2, 2016, Chief Judge Lynn issued a decision in Raniere v. Microsoft (available here) finding that AT&T and Microsoft were entitled to recover their attorney’s fees from the plaintiff under 35 U.S.C. § 285. Section 285 provides that, … Continue reading

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Fifth Circuit Upholds Judge Lynn’s Decision Finding That Second Amendment Does Not Protect Machineguns

On June 30, 2016, the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in Hollis v. Lynch (available here). The Fifth Circuit upheld Judge Lynn’s decision holding that machineguns are not protected by the Second Amendment. Notably, the Court found that “[t]he Second … Continue reading

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