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Rehco LLC v. Spin Master Ltd.

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois

January 16, 2020

REHCO, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
SPIN MASTER, LTD., Defendant.

         PATENT CASE

          ERISE IP, P.A. MEGAN J. REDMOND, ERIC A. BURESH, NICHOLAS T. PETERS, JOSEPH F. MARINELLI FITCH, EVEN, TABIN & FLANNERY ATTORNEYS FOR SPIN MASTER, LTD.

          DEFENDANT SPIN MASTER, LTD.'S RENEWED MOTION FOR JUDGMENT AS A MATTER OF LAW AND MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT

         Table of Contents

         I. INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................. 1

         II. LEGAL STANDARD ............................................................................................................. 3

         III. ARGUMENT .......................................................................................................................... 4

         A. Spin Master is Entitled to Judgment as a Matter of Law As Rehco Failed to Present Legally Sufficient Evidence of Infringement. . ................ 4

         B. The Damages Verdict Was Not Supported by Legally Sufficient Evidence. . .................... 9

         1. The Royalty Base Was Not Apportioned ........................................................................ 9

         2. The Royalty Rate Was Not Apportioned and Licenses Were Introduced Without Demonstrating Comparability. . ..................... 12

         i. Rehco's failure to establish comparability with the Item Licenses renders its royalty rate arbitrary ............................. 14

         C. Spin Master is Entitled to Judgment as a Matter of Law on Willfulness. . ....................... 17

         D. Spin Master is Entitled to Judgment as a Matter of Law on Rehco's Breach Claim ........ 19

         1. No Substantial Evidence that the Havoc is a Modification of the Item. . ...................... 20

         2. No Substantial Evidence that the Havoc is an Improvement of the Item. . ................... 23

         Table of Authorities

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