Cases & Deals

Ricoh granted summary judgment of non-infringement in patent case relating to office and production printer technology

Client(s) Ricoh Company, Ltd. and Ricoh USA, Inc.

On behalf of Ricoh USA, Inc., Jones Day obtained an order granting a motion for summary judgment of non-infringement on the five remaining patents in a case originally involving 19 patents relating to both hardware and software aspects of office and production printer technology. The plaintiff had asserted numerous apparatus, system, and method claims, as well as various theories of infringement, including divided/joint infringement. Jones Day first secured a transfer of the 19-patent case from the District of Nebraska to Ricoh USA's home district, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. After over three and a half years of litigation, the Court rejected all plaintiff's varied theories of infringement, finding that the plaintiff had not raised a triable issue of fact on any of the remaining asserted claims. Earlier in the case, Ricoh had obtained judgment on the pleadings and a partial award of attorneys' fees in connection with the dismissal of three patents from the suit, as well as judgment of invalidity for indefiniteness on two other patents at the Markman stage.

Midwest Athletics and Sports Alliance LLC v. Ricoh USA, Inc., Nos. 2-19-cv-00514; -03423 (E.D. Pa.)