District Court Highlights Prior PTAB Invalidation, PTAB Litigation Blog
On May 26, 2021, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington denied both defendant Valve Corporation’s (“Valve”) motion for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial, and plaintiff Ironburg Inventions Ltd.’s (“Ironburg”) motion for enhanced treble damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 284. On February 1, 2021, the jury had found Valve willfully infringed Claims 2, 4, 7, 9, 11 and 18 of Ironburg’s U.S. Patent No. 8,641,525 (the ‘525 Patent), awarding Ironburg $4,029,533.93 in damages. Ironburg Inventions Ltd. v. Valve Corp., C17-1182 TSZ at *1 (W.D. Wash. May 26, 2021). The ‘525 Patent was directed towards an “improved controller for a game console” with “two additional controls located on the back in positions to be operated by the middle fingers of a user.” (‘525 Patent at Abstract). Id. at *2.
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