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Cascades Computer Innovation, LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

September 14, 2014

CASCADES COMPUTER INNOVATION, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD., Defendant. CASCADES COMPUTER INNOVATION, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
HTC CORPORATION, Defendant

For Cascades Computer Innovation, LLC (1:11-cv-04574), Plaintiff, Counter Defendant: Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Raymond P. Niro, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Arthur Anthony Gasey, Christopher William Niro, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Anna B. Folgers, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL.

For Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (1:11-cv-04574), Defendant: Marc Howard Cohen, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Raghav Krishnapriyan, PRO HAC VICE, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Palo Alto, CA; Brandon Hugh Brown, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, San Francisco, CA; David Rokach, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; Imron T Aly, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, IL.

For Motorola Mobility LLC (1:11-cv-04574), Defendant: Imron T Aly, James Winn, Jason Zachary Pesick, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, IL.

For Motorola Mobility LLC (1:11-cv-04574), Counter Claimant: Imron T Aly, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, IL.

For Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (1:11-cv-04574), Counter Claimant: Brandon Hugh Brown, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, San Francisco, CA; David Rokach, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL; Imron T Aly, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, IL.

For Cascades Computer Innovation, LLC (1:11-cv-06235), Plaintiff: Raymond P. Niro, LEAD ATTORNEY, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Arthur Anthony Gasey, Ashley Elizabeth LaValley, Christopher William Niro, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For HTC Corporation (1:11-cv-06235), Defendant: Ariana M Chung-han, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, San Francisco, CA; James Chung-yul Yoon, LEAD ATTORNEY, Christopher P. Grewe, Ryan R. Smith, PRO HAC VICE, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA; Elizabeth A.F. Morris, Steven L Baron, Steven P. Mandell, Mandell Menkes LLC, Chicago, IL.

For LG Electronics, Inc. (1:11-cv-06235), Defendant: Gustavo G Siller , Jr., LEAD ATTORNEY, Miyoung Shin, Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione, Chicago, IL.

For HTC Corporation (1:11-cv-06235), Counter Claimant: Ariana M Chung-han, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, San Francisco, CA; James Chung-yul Yoon, LEAD ATTORNEY, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA; Steven L Baron, Steven P. Mandell, Mandell Menkes LLC, Chicago, IL.

For Cascades Computer Innovation, LLC (1:11-cv-06235), Counter Defendant: Raymond P. Niro, LEAD ATTORNEY, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL; Arthur Anthony Gasey, Christopher William Niro, Niro, Haller & Niro, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For HTC Corporation (1:11-cv-06235), Counter Claimant: Ariana M Chung-han, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, San Francisco, CA; James Chung-yul Yoon, LEAD ATTORNEY, Ryan R. Smith, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA; Elizabeth A.F. Morris, Steven L Baron, Steven P. Mandell, Mandell Menkes LLC, Chicago, IL.

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MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

MATTHEW F. KENNELLY, United States District Judge.

Under the doctrine of patent exhaustion, the initial authorized sale of a

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patented item terminates the patent holder's rights to that item, and the patent holder may not sue a downstream user of the item for infringement. Patent exhaustion also applies to method patents. If the holder of a method patent authorizes another to practice the patented method, the patent holder cannot successfully sue for infringement those who acquire from the authorized user a product that substantially embodies the patented method.

In these cases, Cascades Computer Innovation LLC has sued Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and HTC Corporation for infringement of U.S. Patent 7,065,750 (the '750 patent). Cascades contends that defendants manufacture and sell products that practice the method claimed in the patent. Samsung and HTC have moved for summary judgment. They contend that Cascades authorized Google to practice the patented method in its Android operating system and that their claimed infringement arises from their use of that same operating system, which they acquired from Google. Thus, Samsung and HTC contend, the doctrine of patent exhaustion bars Cascades's claims against them.

Background

Because the defendants have moved for summary judgment, the Court " constru[es] all facts and reasonable inferences in the light most favorable to the non-moving party," in this case, Cascades. Ellis v. DHL Exp. Inc., 633 F.3d 522, 525 (7th Cir. 2011).

The '750 patent is entitled " Method and Apparatus for Preserving Precise Exceptions in Binary Translated Code." Pl.'s Third Am. Compl. ΒΆ 11. In general terms, it describes a method for efficiently executing on one system architecture computer programming code that is intended for a different architecture. Until 2014, Cascades was an exclusive licensee under the '750 ...


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