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Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC v. 1st Media, LLC

Petition for certiorari denied on October 15, 2013
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-1086 Fed. Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: Whether the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in restricting district courts’ equitable discretion in evaluating patent unenforceability, contrary to this Court’s precedent in Keystone Driller Co. v. General Excavator Co., Hazel Atlas Glass Co. v. Hartford-Empire Co., and Precision Instrument Manufacturing Co. v. Automotive Maintenance Machinery Co., by applying a rigid test that (a) forecloses district courts from considering the entire circumstantial record; and (b) precludes district courts from granting equitable remedies where a patent applicant has violated the Patent and Trademark Office’s duty of candor.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Mar 4 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 8, 2013)
Apr 8 2013Brief of respondent 1st Media, LLC in opposition filed.
Apr 23 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 9, 2013.
May 13 2013The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
Sep 5 2013Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Sep 10 2013Supplemental brief of petitioners Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, et al. filed.
Sep 25 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 11, 2013.
Oct 15 2013Petition DENIED.