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CoStar Realty Information, Inc. v. Civix-DDI, LLC

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois

May 15, 2013

COSTAR REALTY INFORMATION, INC., Plaintiff,
v.
CIVIX-DDI, LLC, Defendant. CIVIX-DDI, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
LOOPNET, INC., Defendant

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For CoStar Realty Information, Inc (1:12-cv-04968), Plaintiff: Bas de Blank, LEAD ATTORNEY, Anthony Tartaglio, Daniel Justin Weinberg, PRO HAC VICE, Jacob A. Snow, PRO HAC VICE, L. kieran Kieckhefer, PRO HAC VICE, Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; Atif Khawaja, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; Emily Elizabeth Bennett, Howard And Howard Attorneys, Pllc, Chicago, IL; I. neel Chatterjee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutclilffe, Menlo Park, CA; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Robert A Gretch, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY.

For CIVIX-DDI LLC (1:12-cv-04968), Defendant, Counter Claimant: Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Gabriel I Opatken, Olivia T. Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Daniel R. Ferri, David J. Sheikh, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Joseph Albert Culig, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Paul K Vickrey, Raymond P. Niro, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For LoopNet, Inc. (1:12-cv-04968), Movant: Bryce Baker, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, San Francisco, CA; David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL.

For CIVIX-DDI LLC (1:12-cv-04968), Counter Claimant: Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; David J. Sheikh, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Raymond P. Niro, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For CoStar Realty Information, Inc (1:12-cv-04968), Counter Defendant: Bas de Blank, LEAD ATTORNEY, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; Atif Khawaja, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Robert A Gretch, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

For CIVIX-DDI LLC (1:12-cv-04968), Counter Claimant: Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Gabriel I Opatken, Olivia T. Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Daniel R. Ferri, David J. Sheikh, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Raymond P. Niro, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For CIVIX-DDI LLC (1:12-cv-04968), Counter Claimant: Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Gabriel I Opatken, Olivia T. Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Daniel R. Ferri, David J. Sheikh, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Joseph Albert Culig, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Raymond P. Niro, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For CoStar Realty Information, Inc (1:12-cv-04968), Counter Defendant: Bas de Blank, LEAD ATTORNEY, Anthony Tartaglio, Daniel Justin Weinberg, Jacob A. Snow, L. kieran Kieckhefer, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; Atif Khawaja, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; I. neel Chatterjee, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutclilffe, Menlo Park, CA; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Robert A Gretch, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

For CoStar Realty Information, Inc (1:12-cv-04968), Counter Claimant: Bas de Blank, LEAD ATTORNEY, Anthony Tartaglio, Daniel Justin Weinberg, Jacob A. Snow, L. kieran Kieckhefer, Sally Lee, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; Atif Khawaja, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; Emily Elizabeth Bennett, Howard And Howard Attorneys, Pllc, Chicago, IL; I. neel Chatterjee, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutclilffe, Menlo Park, CA; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Robert A Gretch, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY.

For CIVIX-DDI LLC (1:12-cv-07091), Plaintiff: Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, PRO HAC VICE, Gabriel I Opatken, PRO HAC VICE, Olivia T. Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Daniel R. Ferri, David J. Sheikh, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Joseph Albert Culig, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Paul K Vickrey, Raymond P. Niro, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For LoopNet, Inc. (1:12-cv-07091), Defendant: David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; Anthony Tartaglio, PRO HAC VICE, Bas de Blank, PRO HAC VICE, Brooks Gregory Parfitt, PRO HAC VICE, Indra Neel Chatterjee, PRO HAC VICE, Jacob A. Snow, PRO HAC VICE, L. kieran Kieckhefer, PRO HAC VICE, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; Atif Khawaja, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; Bryce Baker, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, San Francisco, CA; Christopher Maurice O'Connell, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Washington, DC; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; David Aaron Kushner, Gary Alvin Bryant, Jason Eli Ohana, Willcox & Savage, P.C., Norfolk, VA; Emily Elizabeth Bennett, Howard And Howard Attorneys, Pllc, Chicago, IL; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Matthew Charles Lapple, PRO HAC VICE, Lapple IP Law, P. C., Irvine, CA; Robert A Gretch, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

For LoopNet, Inc. (1:12-cv-07091), Counter Claimant: David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Howard & Howard, Chicago, IL; Brooks Gregory Parfitt, PRO HAC VICE, L. kieran Kieckhefer, PRO HAC VICE, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; Christopher Maurice O'Connell, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Washington, DC Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; David Aaron Kushner, Willcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Matthew Charles Lapple, PRO HAC VICE, Lapple IP Law, P. C., Irvine, CA; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

For CIVIX-DDI LLC (1:12-cv-07091), Counter Defendant: Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, PRO HAC VICE, Gabriel I Opatken, PRO HAC VICE, Olivia T. Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Daniel R. Ferri, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For LoopNet, Inc. (1:12-cv-07091), Counter Claimant: David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; Bas de Blank, Brooks Gregory Parfitt, Indra Neel Chatterjee, Jacob A. Snow, L. kieran Kieckhefer, PRO HAC VICE, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; Christopher Maurice O'Connell, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Washington, DC; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; David Aaron Kushner, Gary Alvin Bryant, Jason Eli Ohana, Willcox & Savage, P.C., Norfolk, VA; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Matthew Charles Lapple, Lapple IP Law, P. C., Irvine, CA; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

For CIVIX-DDI LLC (1:12-cv-07091), Counter Defendant: Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Gabriel I Opatken, Olivia T. Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Daniel R. Ferri, David J. Sheikh, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Joseph Albert Culig, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Raymond P. Niro, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For LoopNet, Inc. (1:12-cv-07091), Counter Claimant: David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; Anthony Tartaglio, Bas de Blank, Brooks Gregory Parfitt, Indra Neel Chatterjee, Jacob A. Snow, L. kieran Kieckhefer, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; Atif Khawaja, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; Bryce Baker, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, San Francisco, CA; Christopher Maurice O'Connell, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Washington, DC; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; David Aaron Kushner, Gary Alvin Bryant, Jason Eli Ohana, Willcox & Savage, P.C., Norfolk, VA; Emily Elizabeth Bennett, Howard And Howard Attorneys, Pllc, Chicago, IL; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Matthew Charles Lapple, Lapple IP Law, P. C., Irvine, CA; Robert A Gretch, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

For CIVIX-DDI LLC (1:12-cv-07091), Counter Defendant: Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Gabriel I Opatken, Olivia T. Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Daniel R. Ferri, David J. Sheikh, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Joseph Albert Culig, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Paul K Vickrey, Raymond P. Niro, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For Civix-DDI, LLC (1:12-cv-08632), Plaintiff, Counter Defendant: David J. Sheikh, LEAD ATTORNEY, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Olivia T. Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Joseph Albert Culig, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Paul K Vickrey, Raymond P. Niro, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For LoopNet, Inc. (1:12-cv-08632), Defendant: Atif Khawaja, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; I. neel Chatterjee, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutclilffe, Menlo Park, CA; Robert A Gretch, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY; Anthony Tartaglio, Indra Neel Chatterjee, PRO HAC VICE, Jacob A. Snow, PRO HAC VICE, L. kieran Kieckhefer, PRO HAC VICE, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; Bryce Baker, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, San Francisco, CA; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; Emily Elizabeth Bennett, Howard And Howard Attorneys, Pllc, Chicago, IL; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

For LoopNet, Inc. (1:12-cv-08632), Counter Claimant: Atif Khawaja, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Howard & Howard, Chicago, IL; I. neel Chatterjee, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutclilffe, Menlo Park, CA; Robert A Gretch, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY; Anthony Tartaglio, Indra Neel Chatterjee, PRO HAC VICE, Jacob A. Snow, PRO HAC VICE, L. kieran Kieckhefer, PRO HAC VICE, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; Bryce Baker, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, San Francisco, CA; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

For Civix-DDI, LLC (1:12-cv-08632), Counter Defendant: David J. Sheikh, LEAD ATTORNEY, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Olivia T. Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Joseph Albert Culig, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL; Raymond P. Niro, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For LoopNet, Inc. (1:12-cv-08632), Counter Claimant: Atif Khawaja, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; I. neel Chatterjee, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutclilffe, Menlo Park, CA; Robert A Gretch, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY; Anthony Tartaglio, Indra Neel Chatterjee, PRO HAC VICE, Jacob A. Snow, PRO HAC VICE, L. kieran Kieckhefer, PRO HAC VICE, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; Bryce Baker, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, San Francisco, CA; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

For LoopNet, Inc. (1:12-cv-08632), Counter Claimant: Atif Khawaja, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY; David C. Van Dyke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Joseph W. Barber, Howard and Howard, Chicago, IL; I. neel Chatterjee, LEAD ATTORNEY, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutclilffe, Menlo Park, CA; Robert A Gretch, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY; Anthony Tartaglio, Indra Neel Chatterjee, Jacob A. Snow, L. kieran Kieckhefer, Thomas Harold Zellerbach, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA; Bryce Baker, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, San Francisco, CA; Craig D. Leavell, Michael Daley Karson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; Emily Elizabeth Bennett, Howard And Howard Attorneys, Pllc, Chicago, IL; Jason Fitterer, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL; Karen Tu Huoth, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Sally Lee, PRO HAC VICE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Llp, Menlo Park, CA.

OPINION

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MEMORANDUM ORDER AND OPINION

JAMES F. HOLDERMAN, Chief United States District Judge.

These three consolidated patent cases involve allegations of patent infringement by patent holder CIVIX-DDI, LLC (" CIVIX" ) against CoStar Realty Information, Inc. (" CoStar" ) and LoopNet, Inc. (" LoopNet" ). In 12 C 4968, CIVIX alleges that CoStar has infringed three of its patents, U.S. Patent No. 6,385,622 (" the '622 Patent" ), U.S. Patent No. 6,415,291 (" the '291 Patent" ), and 8,296,335 (" the '335 Patent" ). (Dkt. No. 108 (" CIVIX's Countercl." ).) CoStar alleges that the '622 Patent, the '291 Patent, and the '335 Patent are all unenforceable because of inequitable conduct. (Dkt. No. 99 (" CoStar's Third Am. Compl." ).) Similarly, in 12 C 8632, CIVIX alleges that LoopNet infringed the '335 Patent. (12 C 8632, Dkt. No. 1 (" CIVIX's Compl." ).) In response, LoopNet alleges that the '335 Patent is unenforceable because of inequitable conduct. (12 C 8632, Dkt. No. 71 (" Loopnet's Second Am. Countercl." ).)

CIVIX has now moved to dismiss both CoStar's (Dkt. No. 109) and LoopNet's (Dkt. No. 112) allegations that its patents are unenforceable. CIVIX's motion to dismiss against LoopNet also seeks to strike LoopNet's Sixth Affirmative Defense, which also alleges inequitable conduct. (Dkt. No. 112.) Because the allegations of inequitable conduct are substantively identical in each case, the court will address the two motions to dismiss together. For the reasons explained below, CIVIX's motions to dismiss are each granted in part and denied in part.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND

CIVIX is the owner of the '622 and '291 Patents, both of which claim methods to locate points of interest in a particular geographical region by accessing a database from a remote location, and of the '335 Patent, which claims methods for using the Internet to provide a user of such a database advertising information related to the requested geographic region or item of interest. ( See Dkt. No. 99, Exs. A, B, & F.)

CoStar's allegations regarding inequitable conduct are substantively identical to LoopNet's allegations regarding inequitable conduct. [1] For ease of reference, the following factual summary refers only to CoStar's Third Amended Complaint (Dkt. No. 99), the allegations of which the court

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accepts as true for purposes of these motions to dismiss. [2]

I. Alleged Inequitable Conduct in Prosecution of '622 and '291 Patents

Both the '622 and '291 Patents were filed on March 23, 2001, as continuations of United States Patent Nos. 5,682,525 (" the '525 Patent" ) and 6,408,307 (" the '307 Patent). (CoStar's Third Am. Compl. ¶ 68; see also id. Exs. A-B.) The '622 Patent issued on May 7, 2002 ( Id. Ex. A), and the '291 Patent issued on July 2, 2002 ( Id. Ex. B). The inventors of the '622 ...


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