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Blackbird Must Pay Fees In Exercise Equipment Patent Suit (1)

Dec. 16, 2019, 5:09 PMUpdated: Dec. 16, 2019, 9:06 PM

Patent licensing company Blackbird Tech LLC must cover more than $360,000 in legal fees and costs of companies it sued over an exercise equipment patent, the Federal Circuit said, upholding a ruling that aimed to discourage “abusive litigation.”

A California district court didn’t abuse its discretion when it awarded Health In Motion LLC and Leisure Fitness Equipment LLC attorneys’ fees and expenses in connection with the lawsuit because the case was “exceptional,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said Dec. 16. The winning side in a patent case may be awarded attorneys’ fees when a case is ...

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